James Hand to Release “Mighty Lonesome Man” Oct. 16th
Texas country music legend James Hand will be releasing his brand new studio album Mighty Lonesome Man on October 16th. The 12-track album will include all original material, and contributions from an All-Star cast of Austin, TX’s country music talent. It will be released digitally, and on CD and vinyl, with the CD exclusively offering two bonus tracks, including a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm”. There is also a Collector’s Edition that will include a Mighty Lonesome Man t-shirt, poster, and guitar pick, along with both vinyl and CD copies of the album.
Contributors to Mighty Lonesome Man include Earl Poole Ball, aka “Mr. Honky Tonk Piano” who played with Johnny Cash for over 20 years, played on Gram Parsons Safe At Home, and has played with a grocery list of other country music greats, including Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, and Marty Stuart.
Other contributors include Will Indian, Speedy Sparks (of Doug Sahm’s Texas Tornadoes), steel guitar player and Grammy award winner Cindy Cashdollar, fiddlers Bobby Flores and Alvin Crow, and Beth Chrisman of The Carper Family.
James Hand recorded the album this spring at Summit Street Studios in Austin, and has a busy year ahead of him. He will be headlining Friday night at The Muddy Roots Festival August 31st in Cookeville, TN, where word is a few advanced copies of Mighty Lonesome Man might be available. He is starring in an upcoming film Thank You A Lot about a music agent whose forced to sign his reclusive, legendary father.
Hand has released four previous studio albums, all to critical acclaim including his last two, Truth Will Set You Free and Shadow On The Ground, both on Rounder Records. Mighty Lonesome Man will be Hand’s first album with Austin-based Hillgrass Bluebilly Records. The cover photos were taken by CC Ekstrom of Almost Out Of Gas, with layout provided by J Anderson of prettygoodposters.com.
Listen to samples and pre-order Mighty Lonesome Man
Mighty Lonesome Man track List:
- Mighty Lonesome Man
- Years I’ve Been Loving You
- Lesson In Depression
- Please Me When You Can
- The Drought
- Old Man Henry
- Now Not Later
- My Witness
- Wish You Would Kiss Me
- You Almost Fell
- Favorite Fool
- You Were With Me Then
- Get Rhythm
- You’re An Angel
August 22, 2012 @ 12:35 pm
I’m waiting to see if they have any copies at Muddy Roots before ordering one, looks like a good album.
August 22, 2012 @ 12:39 pm
What I’m hearing is they’re hoping to have a few advanced copies at Muddy Roots.
August 22, 2012 @ 12:40 pm
I’m really looking formward to this. That’s an impressive list of contributors (although, to nitpick, it is Earl Poole Ball).
August 22, 2012 @ 1:58 pm
nice! i’ve been waiting for this one for since before Hillgrass was releasing it. hopefully he or HBE have a couple at Muddy Roots, and he doesn’t sneak off before i can get one like Lucky did last year. either way, i’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. James doesn’t disappoint.
August 22, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
Just preordered my copy.
TX Music Jim
August 22, 2012 @ 3:19 pm
James Hand is a treasure. I cannot wait for the record. I had the pleasure of seeing him play accoustic in a small listening room a few years ago. It was like seeing Hanks Sr come back to life, amazing!
August 22, 2012 @ 4:09 pm
alright. looking forward to this one. cindy cashdollar. one of my personal favorites.
August 22, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
Thank you for posting SCM. We are very blessed to work with James Hand. We have been a fan of his for years, and now we have an open window to talk about his entire catalog to the world. There will be limited advanced copies James is selling at Muddy Roots… and the rest are going out to radio and such. it’s basically the same exact thing except the official release contains an 8 page picture booklet of James growing up, and the advanced copies for Muddy Roots does not.
We will have our official write-up on the CD here in a week or so. Thank y’all for waitin’ for and wantin’ this release. It is a timeless record thats gonna grow old with us all. We guarantee it.
August 22, 2012 @ 6:48 pm
That’s a good looking album.
August 22, 2012 @ 9:41 pm
August 23, 2012 @ 4:20 am
I’ll definitely be picking this one up. I bought his two Rounder releases shortly after you did a piece on him and I love both of them. Timeless music, as HBHQ says.
August 24, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
Jack, those 2 releases are 2 of my all time favorites. Man, it’s hard to pick out 3 favorite songs on either of those Rounder releases. His 1st release, “Shadows Where The Magic Was” & “Evil Things” are must-haves and there is “Live at the Saxon Pub” floatin’ around out there too.
August 23, 2012 @ 12:10 pm
I need this!!!!!
August 24, 2012 @ 5:05 am
Nice!! Can’t wait to hear this one!
August 24, 2012 @ 10:37 am
This is awesome news!!!! October is too far away!
August 24, 2012 @ 1:01 pm
some other additional artists featured on the release is a fiddler out of the Dallas area…Jess Meador, plus pedal steel player…Gary Carpenter. Former Weary Boys Darren Sluyter on stand-up bass & drummer Cary Ozanian.
August 28, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
I will certainly buy this new CD when it becomes available.
James Hand is one of my favorite artists.
September 2, 2012 @ 3:05 am
It’s available on James’ website…..www.jamesslimhand.com/music.html….I bought mine when it first came out.
Almost Out of Gas
September 17, 2012 @ 2:25 am
Thanks for posting Trig. I’m very proud to be a part of this project and I can not point out enough how important I believe James work is. And of course the work of Hillgrass Bluebilly and SCM.
Can’t wait to sit down with a glass of bourbon listening to this one in it’s complete.