Since leaving home in 1961 to pursue a career in music, T.G. Sheppard has done it all. He scored a job as a promotions executive for RCA Records, where he became friends with Elvis Presley who believed in his talent so much that he gave him his first tour bus, topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart an astonishing 21 times, and left an everlasting mark on Country music. Over the years, the smooth singer/songwriter has made a lot of impressive friends, which inspired the vision for his upcoming album, Legendary Friends & Country Duets, which is set for release on Oct. 30 via Cleopatra Records. On the upcoming project, TG collaborates with some of the most influential artists of all-time and those that he can actually call his personal friends.
“In my 40 years of recording music, this album has to be my most favorite I’ve ever recorded,” says T.G. Sheppard. “I’m very honored that so many of my personal friends came in to sing, with no questions asked, and gave their all.”
Listeners will be taken on a journey, with songs that hit the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Standout tracks on the album include the fun, “It’s A Man Thing” which features late country icon George Jones, the relaxing sing-along, “Song Man” with Grammy®winner Merle Haggard, and the inspiring, “In Texas” with country outlaw Willie Nelson. Legendary Friends & Country Duets will bring traditional country music back to the forefront, as the style currently makes a demanding comeback. With the remarkable list of guests on the album, Legendary Friends & Country Duets is a must-have for all music fans to remind them what made country music great.
“As a record company working multiple projects in all genres, it is always special to find an artist and project like what T.G. Sheppard has brought to Cleopatra Records,” says Tim Yasui, VP/GM of Cleopatra Records. “T.G. is loved within the Country music community and this project proves that his fanbase is much more than just the country music fans – his fellow artists love him, too! Albums like this come once in a lifetime and Cleopatra Records is very proud to be involved in this iconic recording.”
Sheppard has already begun promoting the album, with several upcoming appearances already scheduled. Airing on September 13-14, NBC’s “Open House” will take viewers inside the stylish Nashville home of Sheppard and his wife, singer/songwriter Kelly Lang. The show is described as the ultimate insiders’ guide to real estate and home design. Next, offering fans a never-before-seen glimpse into the past, present and future of T.G.’s storied career, Sheppard appeared on Heartland-TV’s new show “Reflections” on Sept. 14.
1. Down On My Knees with The Oak Ridge Boys
2. The Killer with Jerry Lee Lewis
3. Why Me Lord with Conway Twitty
4. Songman with Merle Haggard
5. Fifteen Rounds With Jose Cuervo with Delbert McClinton & Steve Cropper
6. The Next One with Lorrie Morgan
7. 100% Chance Of Pain with B.J.Thomas & Jimmy Fortune
8. It’s A Man Thing with George Jones
9. Wine To Remember Whisky To Forget with Mickey Gilley
10. Dead Girl Walking with Kelly Lang
11. In Texas with Willie Nelson
12. Have You Ever Loved A Woman with Engelbert Humperdinck
13. I’n Not Going Anywhere with Crystal Gayle
14. If You Knew with Ricky Skaggs & The Whites