Mandy Barnett Goes Back Into Vault For Don Gibson Tribute CD

Mandy_Barnett_CoverMandy Barnett reaches into the rich songbook of Country Music Hall of Famer Don Gibson for her latest CD, Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs Of Don Gibson, due out at Cracker Barrel stores nationwide Nov. 11. The album’s debut coincides with the 10th anniversary of Gibson’s passing on Nov. 17, and fulfills a promise Barnett made to the singer/songwriter before his death.

“Don, his wife Bobbi, and I became good friends a few years before he passed away,” said Barnett. “He asked me to consider recording an album of his songs, and of course I said yes.  He wrote some of the most-loved songs in country music — who wouldn’t want to record a Don Gibson song?  Well, it may have taken more than a decade, but thanks to Cracker Barrel I have fulfilled my promise to Don and I could not be more excited.”

As a singer/songwriter in the 1950s and 60s, Gibson charted more than 20 Top 10 hits and released nearly 40 albums between 1958-1978. His song “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” was a number seven hit on the chart for Gibson in 1958, a number three hit for Kitty Wells in 1958, and a chart-topper for Conway Twitty in 1972. Ray Charles also made the song a crossover smash when he took it to the top of the Hot 100, R&B, and A/C charts in 1962.

The CD will be available for release at all Cracker Barrel locations, online at crackerbarrel.com and select digital retailers.

The 12 songs featured on I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson (all written by Gibson):
1)  “(Yes) I’m Hurting”
2)  “Too Soon To Know’
3)   “Look Who’s Blue”
4)   “Sweet Dreams”
5)   “Just One Time”
6)   “Blue Blue Day”
7)   “Oh Lonesome Me”
8)   “Oh Such a Stranger”
9)   “Far Far Away”
10)  “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
11)   “Lonesome Number One”
12)  “Legend in My Time”

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