Christian Parker Reimagines ‘Sweethearts Of The Rodeo’ By The Byrds Alongside Earle Poole Ball & JayDee Maness

Singer and songwriter Christian Parker has taken on The Byrds’ album Sweethearts of the Rodeo for an album project reimagining those tracks, marking his sixth studio album. On August 18th, 2023, Parker will release his version, dubbed Sweethearts, with support from pianist Earl Poole Ball and pedal steel from JayDee Maness, both of whom played on the original record back in 1968. 

In addition to the original eleven songs on Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Parker has included three more classics: “I Still Miss Someone,”  “Satisfied Mind,” and “Drugstore Truck Driving Man.”

Parker has shared the first single from Sweethearts, the album-opening “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”.

Parker shares:

I first heard this song by Bob Dylan on an acoustic guitar. But I was hooked when I listened to the opening pedal steel guitar on the Byrds album. This song was in my repertoire for decades, and I felt like I was recording an old friend. Tracer James’ interpretation of Lloyd Greens’ pedal steel guitar opens  Sweethearts up perfectly and having Earl Poole Ball in the studio, who played piano on the original version, was magical for me.

Sweethearts Tracklist:

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

I Am A Pilgrim

The Christian Life

You Don’t Miss Your Water

You’re Still On My Mind

Pretty Boy Floyd

I Still Miss Someone

Hickory Wind

One Hundred Years From Now

Blue Canadian Rockies

Life In Prison

Nothing Was Delivered

Satisfied Mind

Drugstore Truck Driving Man

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