B.J. Thomas has gone the duets route with his upcoming album, The Living Room Sessions, due this spring from Wrinkled Records.
On the new album, Thomas is reimagining such songs as Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Most of All, Rock and Roll Lullaby and I Just Can’t Help Believing with the likes of Richard Marx, Steve Tyrell, Keb’ Mo’, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett and Issac Slade of the group The Fray.
Thomas talked about the project, saying “In the studio, everything was real simple and organic, and we didn’t labor on anything too long to get things right. Mostly, it was a lot of fun. There were some great, surprising moments as well, particularly the performance from Isaac Slade and the dynamic vocals by Keb’ Mo’. He is so much more than a blues musician. He originally wanted to do Hooked On A Feeling, but I wanted to save that for Sara Niemietz, so we recorded Most of All. He came in not knowing the song at all, but he sat down, learned it, internalized it and put in the work it took to make it magical.”
Thomas also spoke of his love for the music he’s been performing for almost half of a decade. “The biggest blessing for me is that I never get tired of the songs I have had the privilege to share with the world. I still feel an emotional connection to them, and as they bring back great memories for me, they affect me the same way they might touch a longtime fan of my music. I never planned any of this out, so to be able to express myself in music and have that as a vehicle for my life for as long as I have is something I am always grateful for. There are so many thrills, satisfactions and great adventures I’ve had being involved in this for so many years, and I’m excited to have the opportunity with The Living Room Sessions to present some of my favorite songs in a different setting that feels just like home.”
The album was produced by Nashville veteran Kyle Lehning at Sound Stage Studio with the help of some of the city’s best studio musicians.
Sandy Knox, president and owner of Wrinkled Records, said “I don’t know if we can put into words how thrilled we are here at Wrinkled Records, to have the opportunity to work with such a musical icon like B.J. Thomas. All of the hit songs he has recorded are like grand pieces of musical history. It has been exciting for all of those who have been involved in this project, because B.J. has never done this type of album before in his legendary career.”
The album’s track list:
Don’t Worry Baby
I Just Can’t Help Believing (with Vince Gill)
Most Of All (with Keb’ Mo’)
Eyes of a New York Woman
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (with Richard Marx)
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (with Isaac Slade)
Rock and Roll Lullaby (with Steve Tyrell)
New Looks From an Old Lover (with Etta Britt)
Old Fashioned Love
Hooked On A Feeling (with Sara Niemietz)
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (with Lyle Lovett)
Everybody’s Out of Town
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