Singer/songwriter Cheley Tackett releases new LP, ‘Buckeye’
Nashville artist offers up ode to home state of Ohio on album featuring
collaborations with Ashley McBryde, Lisa Carver, Nicole Witt and Shelly Fairchild,
backed by some of Music City’s best musicians
NASHVILLE (Nov. 20, 2017) – Singer/songwriter Cheley Tackett released her first full-length studio album, “Buckeye,” on Nov. 17, a rich Americana/country creation with a rock influence.
Titled with a nod to Tackett’s home state of Ohio, the album intertwines America’s heartland with the ins and outs of love, and the ups and downs of life.
“If Mary Chapin Carpenter and the late Tom Petty made a music baby, it might sound something like this,” Tackett says with a smile.
Several years in the making, the album features collaborations with some of Nashville’s most respected songwriters and performers, including:
- Fast-rising star Ashley McBryde, of “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” fame, co-wrote three of the tracks and provides background vocals on “My Best Dress.”
- Noted songwriter Lisa Carver, whose songs have been cut by Sugarland, Jewel, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson, and more, is a co-writer on the tracks “All She Knows is Rain,” “Never Could Leave,” and “Magic Still Happens” as well as lending background vocals to the album
- Nicole Witt of Farewell Angelina, who has had songs recorded by Lee Brice, Rodney Atkins, George Strait, Terri Clark and Diamond Rio, provides background vocals.
- Shelly Fairchild, who charted with "You Don't Lie Here Anymore,” joins Tackett for the duet “Never Could Leave.”
Mindy Smith, an Americana Music Association Best New Artist of the Year, is a longtime fan of Tackett’s: She has been a standout artist to me since day one because of her honest love of music, her connection to her roots and deep desire to tell her truth.
“I’m three songs in, and they are all bad-ass,” says Brick Briscoe of WNIN (83.3 FM), host of “The Song Show.”
“The Healer” is a hopeful, heartfelt track that Tackett wrote while wrestling with heartbreak after the Pulse Orlando tragedy. Its chorus, “You can be the breaker, or you can be the healer,” resonated with her fans, and it quickly became a popular staple at her live shows.
The darker “My Best Dress” weaves the haunting tale of a Civil War soldier who returns home to find his beloved has married a brutal man to pay off her family’s debt. Co-written by McBryde and Randall Clay, a mournful fiddle wraps around powerful lyrics before building to a surprising end: “Whiskey and wickedness, he cursed the Bible and my Sunday best. I mourned a child that I never met… and he got blood on my best dress.”
The album was unveiled Nov. 17 at a SOLD OUT concert at Douglas Corner in Nashville, and followed by release on iTunes, Tidal, Amazon and other major online music retailers.
The musicians also are some of Nashville’s best, including:
● Michael Rojas, Academy of Country Music Piano/Keyboardist of the Year (played with Kenny Chesney, Doobie Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, Leeann Womack, Joss Stone, Tim McGraw, Patty Loveless, Wynnona and Reba)
● Glen Duncan, Grammy-winning fiddler (recorded w/Earl Scruggs, Shania Twain, George Strait, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill)
● Russ Pahl, ACM nominee for Steel Player of the Year (has played behind Patti Griffin, Lady Antebellum, Leon Russell, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Shawn Colvin, Eric Church, Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton)
● Dug Grieves, electric guitar (recorded with Gordon Lightfoot and is part of the Grand Ole Opry band)
● Danny Parks, electric guitar (recorded with Bellamy Brothers, Blake Shelton,
Brooks & Dunn, Suzy Bogguss, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina)
● Don Kerce, bass, also produced the album (Kerce has recorded with Aaron Neville, Darryl Dodd, Mark McGuinn, and Bret Michaels)
About Cheley Tackett: A native of Ohio, Cheley Tackett has been part of the Nashville music scene for roughly 20 years. Her debut CD “When We Knew It All" earned the Just Plain Folks Award for Country Song of the Year in 2001. Her song “Penny Wishes” won the top prize in the country category at the 2002 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in North Carolina. She is also a New Folk winner from the prestigious international Kerrville Folk Festival, following in the footsteps of previous winners Lucinda Williams and Lyle Lovett. In 2015, she was voted Nashville’s favorite LGBT musician by readers of Out & About. Tackett, formerly with Adroit Records, self-released “Buckeye” on her own label, National Road Records. For more information and booking information, visit www.CheleyTackett.com.