A new tribute album celebrating the songs and career of legendary country artist John Anderson, Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, will be released August 5 via Easy Eye Sound.
Produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, the record features new versions of some of Anderson’s most beloved songs, performed by Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. In advance of the release, “I Just Came Home to Count the Memories,” performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, is out today, alongside an official music video.
Of the record, Anderson shares, “Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs.’ It’s very gratifying to know that some things really do not change, and a great country song remains a great country song. Any one person on the record would be a real tribute, but all of them together? It’s a pretty big deal for me personally.”
Additionally, Auerbach reflects on the album, “We weren’t trying to piddle around and make the normal tribute record. It had to be the best singers with the best songs and the best arrangements, and they had to come into the studio. This wasn’t like, ‘Mail me the song, and we’ll put it together.’ I think it makes this record unique. I don’t think most tribute records are done like this. I think that’s why it sounds like a cohesive album. It feels like an amazing mixtape.”
Something Borrowed, Something New further celebrates a triumphant career for Anderson, who is one of country music’s most respected and beloved figures. Most recently, Anderson released his 22nd studio album, Years, in April of 2020. Also produced by Auerbach and Ferguson, the record was created in the midst of a serious health crisis and is a testimony of his remarkable recovery.