The region along US Route 23 in Kentucky that’s affectionately called the Country Music Highway has been a cradle for country talent for going on a century. From legends like Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, and Keith Whitley, to the new crop of country revolutionaries like Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson, and of course the great Loretta Lynn. Brit Taylor is also an alumnus of the region, and with her 2020 album Real Me, made a valiant argument of why she deserves to be considered part of that Route 23 legacy.
Now Brit Taylor is back, and pairing up with fellow Eastern Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson along with David Ferguson for her new album Kentucky Blue out February 3rd, 2023. The title track is available now (listen below).
“Kentucky Blue—both the song and the album—is so indicative of love and life and Kentucky,” Taylor says. “Whether you are mourning the death of a relationship, of a dream, of a family member or even of a personal idol such as Loretta Lynn, ‘Kentucky Blue’ speaks to your heart in that unique musical language of Appalachia.”
Recorded at “Cowboy” Jack Clement’s Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa in Nashville, Kentucky Blue is said to have a little bit of a funky attitude in spurts, but otherwise is pure country. Co-writers on the album include Kimberly Kelly, who released her own landmark album earlier this year (I’ll Tell You What’s Gonna Happen), Pat McLaughlin known for writing with John Prine and others, and Adam Wright.
“When Sturgill & Ferg started talking about making my record together, they asked me to send them 25 songs,” Taylor says. “I sent them closer to 30. We weeded through them together and picked the ones that resonated best with all of us. It’s an old-school way of doing things, but it’s the only way I ever want to make records—where the best songs win.”
After the devastating floods in eastern Kentucky earlier this year, including along the Country Music Highway, Brit Taylor helped organize a drive for supplies for local residents affected, and also helped organize and headline the official afterparty to the huge Kentucky Rising benefit at the Rupp Arena at The Burl in Lexington.
Kentucky Blue is now available for pre-save and pre-order.
1. Cabin In The Woods (Brit Taylor and Jason White)
2. Anything But You (Brit Taylor, Adam Wright)
3. Kentucky Blue (Kimberly Kelly, Brit Taylor and Adam Wright)
4. Rich Little Girls (Kimberly Kelly, Brit Taylor, Adam Wright)
5. No Cowboys (Nick Autry, Adam Chaffins and Brit Taylor)
6. If You Don’t Wanna Love Me (Brit Taylor, Adam Landry and Adam Chaffins)
7. Ain’t A Hard Livin’ (Pat McLaughlin and Brit Taylor)
8. Love’s Never Been That Good To Me (Jerry Salley and Brit Taylor)
9. Best We Can Do (Brit Taylor and Pat McLaughlin)
10. For A Night (Pat McLaughlin, Brit Taylor and Cliff Audretch)