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Music is an "Everlasting" pursuit for Martina McBride
Martina McBride's "Everlasting" was a different kind of album for the veteran Nashville singer. So she knew she had to support it with a different kind of tour.
And the trek -- featuring an 11-piece band wtih a full horn section to delivers "Everlasting's" R&B covers -- has become much more than McBride ever expected.
"When we started this tour it was going to be four months. Now it's a year and a half," McBride, 49, says by phone from a tour stop in South Dakota. "It's been so much fun, we kept adding dates.
"It's just really refreshing. We do a lot of our hits but rework them with the horn section and the new sound. They're still very recognizable to my fans, but it's just kind of a fresh take on things. Some of my band have been with me for almost 20 years, so it's fun for us to be doing something different. It's just been a great, great time."
McBride says the tour has also connected her even more deeply with the "Everlasting" album, which was produced by Detroit native Don Was and came out during April of 2014, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums and Independent charts -- the first time that's ever happened for any artist -- and No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The 12-track set includes renditions of the Motown hits "Come See About Me" and "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted," as well as guest appearances by Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.
"When I made the record I definitely envisioned doing a live show kind of based around it," McBride says. "I really wanted to have kind of a complete experience for the audience, not just throwing a few 'Everlasting' songs in the middle of the set. It pushes the boundaries a little bit, and realizing that vision every night and that dream of seeing that album really come to life on stage is really special."
While she's on "Everlasting's" victory lap, meanwhile, McBride is also at work on her next album. She's recorded six songs so far and describes it as "traditional -- not traditional country, just a regular album of traditional country songs." She hopes to release it early next year and still has a ways to go until it's finished, so McBride knows that direction could go any number of ways, too.
"I've never been one to categorize what a do," says McBride, who also duets with the Eagles' Don Henley on his new album, "Cass County." "I try to find the best songs I can. Right now it's songs that are a little more pop-country, some songs that are a little more rootsy, like I did on 'Wild Angels' or 'Evolution.' It's exciting. It's really shaping up to be my favorite album I've ever done -- which I know everybody says, but it's the truth."
Martina McBride and Loretta Lynn
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.
Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Tickets are $45-$75.
Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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