Recommended: Anchored in Love

From an industry peer:

My name is Larry LeBlanc. For the past 17 years I have been the Canadian Bureau chief for Billboard.

I’d like to highly recommend–as a fan– the new Dualtone album “Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash.” I have nothing to do with this record. I just feel more people should know about it.

Over the years there are classic old timey albums released that music fans from all ages and diverse musical backgrounds have embraced.  This includes Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1972 album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as well as the 2000 soundtrack “O Brother Where Art Thou.” 

“Anchored in Love” should be considered in that context. It lovingly showcases the heritage and musical times of June Carter Cash, beginning with renditions of Carter Family classics like “Wildwood Flower”–a stunning performance by Loretta Lynn as well as “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” recorded by Ralph Stanley; and a flat out beautiful reading of “Keep On The Sunny Side” by Brad Paisley which should be noticed by country radio.

Got your attention so far? How about Elvis Costello nailing down “Ring of Fire” and the beautiful and spiritual “Song To John” recorded by Emmy Lou Harris? There are also soulful tracks by Billy Joe Shaver, and Billy Bob Thorton and the Peasall Sisters. Naturally, both Carlene Carter and Roseanne Cash are on hand for some beautiful music moments.

There are two key tracks here for mainstream country radio programmers: Sheryl Crow with Willie Nelson performing “If I Were A Carpenter” as well as the pre-mentioned “Keep On The Sunny Side” by Brad Paisley.

I can’t imagine this album not earning a Grammy next year. Still, I hope more people find out about it and tell others. Millions of others. Larry

Anchored In Love | June Carter Cash

Two Carter Family Songs 

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