WUMB March Program Guide

New from Barry Gibb: Greenfields

I’ve been impressed with the amount of new releases we’ve been receiving this winter. I wanted to mention one that I think is particularly fun and a bright spot during these gray & cold days.

Barry Gibb of Bee Gees fame just released an amazing album called Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1. It’s a collection of Bee Gees songs reimagined as country/Americana with a slew of Nashville heavyweights.  I grew up in the Bee Gees era, I wasn’t a huge fan of their disco music of the late 70;s, but I bought every one of their pop  singles in the early 1970’s. Songs like “Run To Me,” “Lonely Days,” “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”…pure pop goodness!

Barry Gibb is a lifelong fan of country and bluegrass and when he was conceiving this project, his son recommended he bring in Nashville super producer Dave Cobb.  I can’t imagine any other producer fitting so well.

The album was recorded live in a Nashville studio for the most part. Brandi Carlile who sings with Gibb on “Run To Me” had to record her vocals before Gibb could get to Nashville but you’d never know they didn’t record together. This is one of the best Bee Gees songs, in my opinion, but I never imagined Brandi could have made it even better. She OWNS this song!

Jason Isbell sings with Gibb on “Words Of A Fool,” a song Gibb released on a solo album that is a heartbreaking reflection on love lost. We all know how emotive and soul-baring Jason Isbell can be, so this is another perfect matchup.

Another great pairing is on the song “Butterfly” which features the front porch old-timey harmonies of Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings. Even though this song is a typical mid ’60s pop tune, it lends itself quite well to the Americana treatment.

There are a lot of other great duets on this album, featuring Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town and more. Keep an ear out as we play a lot of songs from Greenfields on the air! And let us know what you think.

Stay warm, Happy Valentines Day! Hey, now that I think of it, this is a pretty good record to play for someone you love!


~ Randi

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