Jack Ingram will release his second Big Machine studio project Big Dreams & High Hopes on Tues., Aug. 25. The lead single “Barefoot and Crazy” is already at No. 8 on MusicRow’s Country Breakout Chart. Ingram’s list of top-notch co-writers, producers and collaborators for the new project includes Americana songstress Patty Griffin on the Ingram-penned “Seeing Stars,” and mainstream chart-topper Dierks Bentley on the honky-tonk party anthem “Barbie Doll.” Elsewhere, Little Big Town, Randy Houser, James Otto and The Lost Trailers (also known as The Little Big Lost Beat-Up Ford Funky Times Freedom Choir) contribute gang vocals. Jay Joyce, Jeremy Stover, Doug Lancio and Radney Foster all get production credits on the 11-track effort, and Ingram’s stellar cast of co-writers includes Jeffrey Steele, Darrell Brown, Dallas Davidson, Gary Burr and Tom Shapiro.
Mac McAnally’s latest album, Down By The River, will be out Aug. 4. The 11-song collection of new original material is his 11th release as a solo artist and his debut for Show Dog Nashville. The self-produced album showcases the acclaimed musician/songwriter on guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele and percussion. Proceeds from “You First,” the lead single, will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
McAnally received his first No. 1 single as an artist and sixth as a writer on his recent collaboration with Kenny Chesney, “Down The Road.” He was named 2008 Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association, and is also a 2007 inductee to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Starting as a Muscle Shoals session musician, then signing as Geffen Records’ first artist at the age of 16, McAnally went on to become a respected guitar player and singer, working with artists including Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr., Jimmy Buffett, Travis Tritt, and Dolly Parton. As a producer, he’s helmed successful projects by Sawyer Brown, and Chris LeDoux.