Linda Hargrove Back With First Album Since 1987

Hit songwriter Linda Hargrove charmed a small crowd of music industry figures at Nashville’s BMI headquarters Tuesday (Oct. 25) with songs and stories from her new album, One Woman’s Life. Although Hargrove had relatively little chart impact as an artist in the ’70s and ’80s, several of the songs she wrote or co-wrote became standards, including “Just Get Up and Close the Door” (for Johnny Rodriguez), “I’ve Never Loved Anyone More” (Lynn Anderson) and “Let It Shine” (Olivia Newton-John). At the album release party, Hargrove reminisced about working with legendary steel guitarist Pete Drake, who introduced her to one of her co-writers, former Monkees guitarist Michael Nesmith. Hargrove also performed four original songs, including “Tennessee Whiskey,” George Jones’ 1983 hit that has logged more than 1 million radio airplays. One Woman’s Life is Hargrove’s first album since 1987.