Brit Taylor Readies New Sturgill Simpson-Produced Album
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)
October 29, 2022 @ 9:48 am
i got high expectactions about this project.
October 29, 2022 @ 10:01 am
I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Kentucky Blue is an amazing song. It resonates in so many ways. Love her staying true to her roots
October 29, 2022 @ 10:04 am
Love Kentucky Blue traditional sound
October 29, 2022 @ 11:24 am
Keith Whitley also sang a song called Kentucky Blue. Obviously a different version, but really worth a listen. Keith wrote it with Hank Cochran and Vern Gosdin.
October 29, 2022 @ 11:29 am
Glad the instruments shine in this song, as well.
October 29, 2022 @ 12:06 pm
Really looking forward to this one. She has a great voice and I like the first two singles. Except for sound & fury I think Sturg and Ferg are good producers.
October 29, 2022 @ 2:04 pm
Quick listen of the single and loving it
October 29, 2022 @ 2:51 pm
no idea if i live under a rock not to know her, but once again grateful for this site for introducing me to her music.
i can usually tell in a few secs whether something will hit with me in a big way, this did. i have re listened to things and later come to appreciate it but the ones who get me out of the gate are another level to me
lindi ortega, dori freeman were people that i knew i would be following.
October 29, 2022 @ 2:55 pm
Been a fan of Brit’s for awhile. When she announced that Sturgil was producing the album I was a little concerned. She has said she will always keep it country, but there was always that fear of this turning out to be some sort of Americana rock album. After hearing the first two singles, I was not only relieved, but excited to see that Brit has indeed kept it country. If what’s released so far is any indication, this is going to be a very good album.
Congrats to Britt, I’m looking forward to the album and seeing where it takes her. And good job Sturgil for enhancing the sound of an already great artist without trying to make her something she’s not.
October 29, 2022 @ 6:42 pm
The Wood Brothers are Fabulous!
At BCMC now
October 29, 2022 @ 11:55 pm
Love her voice and country sound. Subscribed to he on YouTube.
October 30, 2022 @ 4:27 am
Looking forward to this one! “Real Me” was an amazing album and judging by the new song, this one will be great too!
October 31, 2022 @ 7:38 pm
Seen her in Louisa, Ky in September! She sounded amazing and with her working with Sturgill and David Ferguson, we are excited about this one!!
November 3, 2022 @ 2:18 pm
This is why I find myself coming back to this site… What a sweet sounding voice! Have found so many good artists I’ve never heard of before by checking in here.
March 3, 2023 @ 8:24 pm
I love thid,but sturgill has alot of fans out here that would be willing to pay good money to see him live. So I love this album, but please come to Atlanta Georgia we love you here. So come see us,we love all this music and sturgill Simpson.
March 12, 2023 @ 12:53 pm
March 3, 2023 @ 8:27 pm
Brit you are awesome as well beautiful voice yall come to Atlanta