Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings are just a few names of the A-list talent collaborating on a new tribute album celebrating the songs and career of legendary country artist John Anderson.
The new album, Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, was produced by Dan Auerbach and Dave Ferguson, the project was released Aug. 5 on Auerbach’s Easy Eye label.
In celebration of the release, Anderson and several special guests from the album—including Tyler Childers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Sierra Hull—performed at the Grand Ole Opry.
Watch John Anderson and special guests perform at the Grand Ole Opry
“Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs,” Anderson said in a statement.
“It’s very gratifying to know that some things really do not change, and a great country song remains a great country song. Any one person on the record would be a real tribute, but all of them together? It’s a pretty big deal for me personally, he added.
Already receiving critical acclaim, Billboard praises Cobb’s version of “Wild and Blue,” saying, “Cobb’s worthy rendition veers slightly from Anderson’s banjo-inflected original, leaning more heavily on relaxed acoustic guitars and a fiddle-laced, jam band groove, helmed by Cobb’s warm, unhurried vocals,” while Wide Open Country calls Ferrell’s version of “Years,” “phenomenal,” and Brooklyn Vegan proclaims, “Sierra’s voice shines on the cover, and she subtly reinvents it.”
Additionally, Americana Highway praises, “Something Borrowed, Something New does a remarkable job of highlighting Anderson’s music across decades…all of these songs – even those dating back more than 30 years ago, still resonate today and hold up remarkably well.”
Inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, Anderson’s successful career has spanned four decades. Starting in 1977 with the release of his first single, “I’ve Got a Feelin’ (Somebody’s Been Stealin’)”, Anderson chartered more than 40 singles on 22 studio albums.
The release of Anderson’s fourth album, Wild & Blue, in 1982 led to his breakthrough to mainstream country when the single “Swingin'” hit the airwaves early the next year.
Watch ‘Swingin’ by John Anderson
Co-written with long-time writing partner, Lionel Delmore, the “Swingin” into the country charts and reached Number One by March, while at the same time crossing over to the Billboard Hot 100 and became the biggest selling record in the history of Warner Bros. Records.
In the wake of “Swingin'”, Anderson received five nominations for Country Music Association awards and was the winner of the Horizon Award.
In 1991, Anderson released the album Seminole Wind after joining BNA Records and conninting with legendary country producer James Stroud.
Watch “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson
The album quickly rose to Number Two, and the Number One single “Straight Tequila Night” and recharged Anderson’s career. The album has been certified two times platinum, the highest of any of Anderson’s albums, and he was nominated for three CMA Awards – Male Vocalist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
Watch “Straight Tequila” Night by John Anderson
His newest album, Years, was released on April 10, 2020, on the Easy Eye Sound label and was produced by Nashville veteran producer David Ferguson and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Watch ‘Years’ by John Anderson
Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson Track List
“1959” performed by John Prine
“Years” performed by Sierra Ferrell
“Wild and Blue” performed by Brent Cobb
“Low Dog Blues” performed by Nathaniel Rateliff
“Mississippi Moon” performed by Eric Church
“I Just Came Home to Count the Memories” performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
“Shoot Low Sheriff!” performed by Tyler Childers
“Seminole Wind” performed by Luke Combs
“When It Comes to You” performed by Sturgill Simpson
“You Can’t Judge a Book (By the Cover)” performed by Brothers Osborne
Would You Catch a Falling Star” performed by Del McCoury feat. Sierra Hull
“Straight Tequila Night” performed by Ashley McBryde
“I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day)” performed by Jamey Johnson