It took Niemann a full two years to record Free The Music, but he wanted to make something non-traditional. He used horns throughout, and had his live band play on the recording instead of hiring studio musicians.
“Free The Music is an album where I wanted to do just that,” says Niemann. “It’s a project honoring many different layers and colors that have appeared in the country genre since recorded music began.”
Niemann teamed up with Dave Brainard (Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury) who co-produced the new album with him in Nashville. He also co-wrote the new album’s first single, “Shinin’ On Me,” with Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller, and collaborated with guest vocalist Colbie Caillat on the soulful ballad, “All About You.”
Free the Music is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Niemann is also appearing on SirusXM’s The Highway today (6/7) as he co-hosts with Storme Warren and performs songs from the forthcoming album.
Niemann is currently out on the road with Miranda Lambert‘s On Fire tour and will be commencing his own fairs and festivals tour later this fall. Fans can also expect to catch him June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN, where he will perform on the Chevrolet Riverstage at 1:15 p.m.