VP Records and Elektra Nashville release Reggae’s Gone Country, a compilation of classic country hits covered by Jamaica’s top musicians and supporting vocals by country icon, Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers. The seamless blend of musical genres from Reggae’s Gone Country is co-produced by John Rich and is available starting today, August 30. For this week only, the full stream of the album is featured exclusively on AOL’s Listening Party: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/27.
The album includes music sung by Jamaica’s most celebrated musicians which include : Tessanne Chin, Sanchez, Freddie McGregor, Etana, Beres Hammond, Luciano and Tarrus Riley. Reggae’s Gone Country opens with 21-year-old reggae singer, Romain Virgo’s rendition of the Gatlin Brothers’ 1979 hit “California,” with Larry Gatlin himself contributing vocals. Duane Stephenson also puts his distinctive stamp on “Suspicions,” the late Eddie Rabbit’s mega country-pop hit from 1979. Dancehall reggae artist Busy Signal, more often associated with spitting out rapid-fire rhymes, offers an inspiringly sung rendition of Kenny Rogers’ country-pop Grammy Award winning blockbuster “The Gambler.” The two young Jamaican songstresses, Etana and Tessanne Chin, shine in their respective renditions of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”