Martina McBride’s fans have already heard her latest single, a remake of Lynn Anderson’s 1970 hit, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” but she’ll introduce her versions of other classic songs from her upcoming album during a live concert special on CMT. Martina McBride: Timeless premieres Saturday (Oct. 8) at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
McBride returned to her musical roots in recording the new album, Timeless, set for Oct. 18 release. It features 18 of the country music’s most famous songs, including standards made famous by Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, Don Gibson, the Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and others.
“Since the album isn’t out yet, I haven’t gotten a lot of feedback about it,” McBride told CMT Insider. “That’s always the fun part, once you get it out there and start to hear what people think. I can’t wait to see what the fans think of it. I hope they like it.”
While the album pays tribute to the singers, songwriters and musicians who created the songs and original recordings, it’s also the music McBride loves.
“This is just an album that I always wanted to do,” she explained. “I’ve always wanted to make a traditional country album. As a matter of fact, if you go back and listen to my first album, it’s very traditional. But then, along the way, I kind of let the music take me on a different path — a little more contemporary country path. But this is the music I was raised on. This music feels like home to me, so I thought, ‘Why not?'”
The one-hour concert special will be telecast live from the CMT studios in downtown Nashville.
“I can’t wait to perform these songs live on CMT for the true country music fans like myself,” McBride said. “I want everybody who hears this music to say, ‘Wow, what great songs.’ I think there will be a lot of people who have fond memories of these songs, and also, many people who will be hearing them for the first time. It’s exciting to think that it may inspire someone to go back and listen to the originals and discover how wonderful traditional country music is.”