Louise Mandrell To Release First New Album In Three Decades

Louise Mandrell is gearing up for the release of her first new album in over 30 years, Playing Favorites. The 15-song collection, produced by Buddy Cannon and due out on Time Life on Oct. 4, includes her take on such well-loved country classics as “Crazy Arms,” “He Thinks I Still Care,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Tennessee Waltz” and “Today I Started Loving You Again.” Mandrell was encouraged to record the new album by longtime friend and powerhouse manager Clint Higham.

Playing Favorites is a return to the spotlight for Mandrell, who hasn’t released a new album in over three decades. “A lot of people have asked if I’ve retired and I’d say, ‘No, I’ve been on hiatus’ because with my family if you say retired, they expect you to stay that way,” says the vivacious brunette, who became an international star working with siblings Barbara and Irlene on the television variety show Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

Mandrell will host an interactive pre-sale event via TalkShop Live to discuss Playing Favorites on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to follow Louise’s channel on TalkShop Live  to watch live and order a copy of the new album. Randomly selected copies of Louise’s album purchased during the live show will be autographed.

Playing Favorites Track Listing:
“I Can’t Stop Loving You”
“Crazy Arms”
“He Thinks I Still Care”
“Ring Of Fire”
“Together Again”
“Tennessee Waltz”
“Bye Bye Love”
“Always On My Mind”
“Faded Love/San Antonio Rose”
“Hello Darlin’”
“Once A Day”
“Night Life”
“The Race Is On”
“Today I Started Loving You Again”
“You Don’t Know Me”

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