Emmylou, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, More Offer Voices To John D. Loudermilk Tribute Album

The songs of legendary songwriter John D. Loudermilk will be spotlighted on a new upcoming album, A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk. The Vector Recordings project, due out September 15, contains more than two dozen Loudermilk tunes including “Tobacco Road,” “Abilene,” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” performed by Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more. 

The album was recorded live on March 24, 2016 during an evening at the Franklin Theater hosted by songwriter Peter Cooper. Although ill at the time, Loudermilk was on hand to see the outpouring of love and respect during the tribute show, and sadly passed away in September at the age of 82. The concert was also filmed for a PBS special, which will be released at a later date. John Jorgenson produced the tribute album and was musical director for the concert, and Dixie Gamble co-produced the album and is overseeing production of the PBS special. 

Throughout his career, Loudermilk had songs recorded by the Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, Jefferson Airplane, the Animals, Johnny Winter, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Petula Clark, Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, the Box Tops, Rick Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, George Jones, Bobbie Gentry, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Doc Watson, Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Jay Z, Kanye West, and many more.

A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk:
1.   Everybody Knows – Harry Stinson
2.   Tobacco Road – Rodney Crowell
3.   Where Have They Gone – Emmylou Harris
4.   Blue Train – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
5.   Windy and Warm – Tommy Emmanuel
6.   Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – Rosanne Cash
7.   Midnight Bus – John Jorgenson
8.   Heaven Fell Last Night – The Whites with Ricky Skaggs
9.   It’s My Time – Herb Pedersen
10. Ebony Eyes – Cory Chisel and Adriel Danae
11. Bad News – Jimmy Hall             
12. Abilene – Mike Loudermilk
13. Waterloo – Ricky Skaggs with The Whites
14. Sad Movies – Deborah Allen
15. Language of Love – Beth Nielsen Chapman
16. Mr. Jones – Lee Roy Parnell
17. Break My Mind – Bobby Braddock
18. Big Daddy’s Alabama Bound – Buddy Greene
19. Indian Reservation – John McFee
20. Turn Me On – Beth Hooker
21. Talk Back Trembling Lips – Becky Hobbs
22. Sunglasses – Claudia Church
23. The Great Snowman – Norro Wilson
24. I Wanna Live – John Cowan


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