I read that next week, there will be a tribute album for the late, great country star Eddy Arnold, who would have been 95 on May 15. Now there’s nothing odd with a tribute project for this music legend. Arnold was an architect of the “Nashville Sound” of the 1950’s and was a a long-time member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. However, the man who so wonderfully sang “Make The World Go Away” has pretty much faded from the public’s memory.
This new tribute, entitled You Don’t Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold, aims to make people, particularly young music fans, familiar with Arnold’s songs. In a world where Jack White produces Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson and Rick Rubin resurrected Johnny Cash‘s career, it is not surprising that it is a rock ‘n’ roller who is behind this Arnold salute. However, who would have guessed that this Arnold-loving rocker is Cheetah Chrome, of the pioneering punk band The Dead Boys.
Now I grew up in Cleveland, a few years following Chrome. Maybe he watched Hee Haw on Channel 8 like I did. Or maybe he discovered Arnold’s music while he has been living in Nashville over the past years. Whatever the reason, it looks like Chrome, along with his co-producer Don Cusic, has assembled what looks like a terrific collection, with contributors covering a wide musical spectrum (from New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain to Herman Hermits’ Peter Noone; Frank Black to Mandy Barnett).
Here is the full songlist:
“Anytime,” Chuck Mead
“Bouquet of Roses,” Melinda Doolittle
“Cattle Call,” Pete Mroz
“Don’t Rob Another Man’s Castle,” Frank Black
“How’s The World Treating You?,” Mandy Barnett
“I’ll Hold You In My Heart,” Bebe Buell
“It’s a Sin – Alejandro Escovedo
“Jim, I Wore A Tie Today,” Lambchop
“Johnny Reb, That’s Me,” Jason Isbell
“Just A Little Lovin’,” Chris Scruggs
“Love Bug Itch,” Pokey LaFarge
“Make The World Go Away,” Bobby Bare Jr.
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” Peter Noone
“Texarkana Baby,” Jason Ringenberg
“That Do Make It Nice,” Sylvain Sylvain
“That’s How Much I Love You,” the Bluefields
“What Is Life Without Love,” Cheetah Chrome
“Wreck of Old ’97,” Drivin’ n’ Cryin’
“You Don’t Know Me,” Mary Gauthier
You Don’t Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold comes out May 15 on Plowboy Records (a label run by Chrome, Cusic and Shannon Pollard, who is Arnold’s grandson).