Themes of family and faith run deep in country music, and this month a CD whose sales will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will adhere to the same winning approach.
Specifically, New Haven Records has partnered with the locally based hall of fame to release the 12-song album titled Sunday in the Country. The disc contains inspiring hits from today’s top country hit-makers. Moreover, each tack on the album has individually sold millions of units, making it a country-gospel classic.
“For more than 20 years, our company has focused on the uniquely American genres of country, Southern gospel and black gospel music,” says Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records. “Sunday in the Country, the third project in our outstanding partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, has the potential to be our most successful release in the series.”
Per a report from the hall of fame’s reps, the project is set for a March launch at Christian retail outlets through Provident-Integrity Distribution and will be released to mainstream outlets through SONY Distribution.
The new release will include a virtual “Who’s Who” of Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music prize-winning artists, including Trace Adkins, Alabama, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner and Lee Ann Womack.
“Inspirational songs have always had an important place in the country music canon,” observes Kyle Young, director of the Nashville-based museum. “The songs that comprise Sunday in the Country uphold this rich tradition, offering hope, fellowship, solace and gratitude. New Haven Records has been releasing meaningful country and gospel recordings for two decades, and we’re pleased to be partners with them on this project.”
Executive producers for the album are New Haven’s Harding, LeAnn Bennett and the staff of the hall of fame. The CD package includes photos and extensive liner notes, and as noted above, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a nonprofit educational organization.
The track listing for Sunday in the Country is as follows:
“Long Black Train” by Josh Turner
“I Believe” by Diamond Rio
“But for the Grace of God” by Keith Urban
“Blessed” by Martina McBride
“Drugs or Jesus” by Tim McGraw
“Muddy Water” by Trace Adkins
“Go Rest High on That Mountain” by Vince Gill
“Holes in the Floor of Heaven” by Steve Wariner
“Up to Him” by Tracy Lawrence
“Angels Among Us” by Alabama
“Get Up in Jesus’ Name” by Lee Ann Womack
“I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor” by George Strait