Barry Gibb has announced the all-star collaborative project Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1, to be released on January 8, 2021 on Capitol, and EMI internationally. It’s launched today (6) with the lead song “Words of a Fool,” featuring Jason Isbell. Other guest artists on the country-themed project include Alison Krauss, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, and Keith Urban.
Gibb, the co-creator of the peerless Bee Gees song catalog, is a lifelong fan of country and bluegrass, and has long dreamed of a recording vehicle that would connect him with some of the greatest names in those styles.
The singer, songwriter and producer has teamed with the ever in-demand Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, in Nashville, to revisit the Gibb brothers’ celebrated songbook. He’s done so in the company of the above-named artists as well as Brandi Carlile, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Jay Buchanan, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, and Tommy Emmanuel.
Celebrated surroundings at RCA
Says Gibb: “From the first day we stepped into RCA Studios in Nashville (the very place where Elvis, Willie, Waylon, Roy, the Everly Brothers and so many other legends made their magic) the album took on a life of its own. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to work with Dave and all the artists who stopped by.
“They were all incredibly generous with their time and talent. They inspired me more than words can express. I feel deep down that Maurice and Robin would have loved this album for different reasons. I wish we could have all been together to do it…but I think we were.”
Cobb adds: “It was truly an honor to work with one of my heroes. The Bee Gees’ first album has always been a staple for me and it was surreal to get to witness the genius of Barry Gibb in the studio – he’s one of the greatest of all time!”
Americana heavyweight Isbell notes: “Barry Gibb is one of the greatest songwriters and singers in popular music history, and I’m happy to say he still has that beautiful voice and that magical sense of melody. Working with him on this project has been one of the great honors of my career. He’s a prince.”
Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 is released on January 8, 2021. Pre-order it here.
The full Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 tracklist is:
1. “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” with Keith Urban
2. “Words of a Fool” with Jason Isbell
3. “Run to Me” with Brandi Carlile
4. “Too Much Heaven” with Alison Krauss
5. “Lonely Days” with Little Big Town
6. “Words” with Dolly Parton
7. “Jive Talkin’” with Miranda Lambert, Jay Buchanan
8. “How Deep Is Your Love” with Tommy Emanuel, Little Big Town
9. “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” with Sheryl Crow
10. “To Love Somebody” with Jay Buchanan
11. “Rest Your Love On Me” with Olivia Newton-John
12. “Butterfly” with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings