Larry Fleet is releasing his third studio album Earned It, a 21-track tribute to the working class and a culmination of years’ worth of hard work, tour stops and elbow grease, on Sept. 1 via Big Loud Records, just in time for Labor Day.
A third-generation son of construction and concrete workers, Fleet grew up watching his dad and grandfather put in hard labor everyday to make ends meet, instilling a “built not bought” work ethic in him.
“I’ve been workin’ since I was 14 laying bricks; there isn’t a day in my life I can remember where I wasn’t workin’ toward something or watching someone else earn their keep, whether that was my mom at home providing for us boys or at school teaching art when we got a little older, my dad out at job sites, you name it,” recalls Fleet.
“I believe in taking care of the people you love, earning a life you’re proud of, workin’ hard, and keeping your family and the things that matter first. With this record, I wanted to focus on how we got here and what our work earned us; it’s earned this life for my family, this opportunity for me and my band out on the road, it’s taught me about living well and makes me appreciate the place I come from. Earned It just felt right because I feel like I have; it’s been a long time coming, and by God it was worth it.”
Produced by Joey Moi, the project includes the anthemic title track as well as gratitude-infused “Things I Take For Granted,” twist-laden mid-tempo “Devil Music,” ballad “Grow” and more, in addition to early releases such as “Young Buck,” “Layaway,” “Daddy Don’t Drink” and “Try Texas.”
Fans will get a taste of Earned It tonight (July 27) with the release of four new songs: the title track, “Lucky Dog,” “Ain’t Mad At Jesus” and “Much To Talk About.” The album finds the Tennessee troubadour collaborating with songwriters like Connie Rae Harrington, Luke Laird, Jesse Frasure, Craig Wiseman, Jessie Jo Dillon, Michael Hardy, Ashley Gorley and more.
“Nashville’s full of the finest songwriters in the world, so I felt like it might finally be time to showcase some of their work alongside some of mine now that folks have gotten to know me as a songwriter on the first couple records,” Fleet adds. “I’m thankful they’d trust me to tell these stories and hope we did them justice.”
2. “Lucky Dog” (Zach Abend, Smith Ahnquist, Michael Hardy)
3. “Ain’t Mad At Jesus” (Larry Fleet, Josh Miller, Jake Mitchell)
4. “25-8” (Casey Beathard, Nicolette Hayford, Jim Wolf)
5. “Things I Take For Granted” (Larry Fleet, Rocky Block, Jordan Dozzi, Brett Tyler)
6. “Lord Willing” (Larry Fleet, Will Bundy, Brett Tyler)
7. “Two Beer Plan” (Larry Fleet, Thomas Archer, Ryan Beaver, Mark Holman)
8. “Taking The Long Way” (Larry Fleet, Will Bundy, Brett Tyler)
9. “Something He’d Say” (Larry Fleet, Josh Thompson, Jake Mitchell)
10. “Beer Needs A Beer” (Larry Fleet, Brett Tyler, Logan Wall)
11. “There’s A Waylon” (Steve Moakler, Joseph Patton, Logan Wall)
12. “Angels Were Gone” (Rodney Clawson, Jessie Jo Dillon, Joybeth Taylor)
13. “Try Texas” (Jake Mitchell, Larry Fleet, James McNair)
14. “Tennessee On You” (Rocky Block, John Byron, Jacob Durrett, Ashley Gorley)
15. “Muddy Water” (Larry Fleet, Jesse Frasure, Brett Tyler)
16. “Devil Music” (Jessie Jo Dillon, Neil Mason, Brett Tyler)
17. “Layaway” (Larry Fleet, Mark Trussell, Josh Miller)
18. “Much To Talk About” (Tommy Cecil, Jordan Dozzi, Craig Wiseman)
19. “Grow” (Rodney Clawson, Josh Miller, Dallas Wilson)
20. “Daddy Don’t Drink” (Larry Fleet, Derek Bahr, Luke Laird)
21. “Young Buck” (Andy Albert, John Byron, Devin Dawson, Jacob Durrett)
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