Tracy Lawrence has a new album coming out on August 16th called Made in America, and though we don’t have many details on it at the moment, the 90’s country star who put together seven #1’s and twenty-one Top 10’s into the 2000’s says it’s going to be “very country,” and hopes it’s part of the recent return to country’s roots we’ve been seeing spreading throughout the genre so far in 2019, and that will hopefully stretch well into the future.
Though the media outside of country music is obsessed with Lil Nas X and the erasure of genre and country music specifically, in country music proper, a resurgence in more traditional-sounding country and artists of the past has been the big theme this year. Currently, three out of the top four records on the Billboard Country Albums charts are from legacy country acts, with Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, and George Strait coming in at #1, #3, and #4, respectively, while more traditional-sounding tracks are finding greater favor with radio.
When speaking to The Boot on the Red Carpet at the recent ACM Awards, Tracy Lawrence said of the new record, “This album is very country. [There’s a] little rock, little blues-rock stuff at the end of it, but there’s some amazing tracks on this album. I think it’s one of the best albums that I have made in a long time.”
Lawrence also said that he expects for country music to continue its more traditional turn in the coming years as listeners hearken back to the days when country actually sounded country. Just like Reba, Brooks & Dunn, and even to some extent George Strait, Tracy Lawrence got caught later in his career trying to chase trends to try and stay relevant, which still resulted in mixed commercial success at best and ultimately tarnished their legacy in the minds of some listeners. But now later in their careers, these older country artists can find the latitude to just be themselves and re-connect with their roots, often to the delight of their long-time fans.
Tracy Lawrence is said to have written eight of the 12 tracks on the upcoming Made in America. More details on the new record when they become available.