For Jerrod Niemann, ten is a magic number. He began performing at the young age of ten, was nominated as the ACM New Artist Of The Year after ten years of songwriting in the music business, and Monday night, signed autographs for a full ten hours after his Fan Club Party at the 2012 CMA Festival. Now, the platinum-selling, “Lover, Lover” hit-maker will release his sophomore major label album release, Free The Music, in the tenth month, on October 2 (on Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville). Fans can pre-order it on Amazon now by clicking HERE.
“Free The Music is an album where I wanted to do just that,” says Niemann. “It’s a project honoring many different layers and colors that have appeared in the country genre since recorded music began.”
It took Niemann a full two years to record Free The Music, but he wanted to record it from a non-traditional standpoint, regardless of time. He used brasswind horns throughout, and had his live band lay down the tracks instead of hiring studio musicians. Moreover, he used a recording technique called The Clasp during the production of each song on the record.
Once again joining forces with Dave Brainard (Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury) who co-produced the new album with him in Nashville, Niemann’s unique musical flare is evident on the entire record, especially the song “Real Women Drink Beer,” (which is the theme of many of his merch items). Blending two extremes: rockabilly and reggae together, Niemann created a sound that sounds well, very much like country.
Niemann co-wrote the new album’s first single, “Shinin’ On Me,” with friends Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller, and he also collaborated with guest vocalist Colbie Caillat on the soulful ballad, “All About You.”
To kick off the CMA Festival, he performed music from his new album Monday night, June 4, at a Fan Club Party with Lee Brice to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Over 300 fans came out to show their support.Later in the evening Brice and Niemann signed autographs for each and every person who hung around for a whopping ten hours – making sure to get some one-on-one time with each.
Long-time fan Drena Knorr was celebrating her birthday that night and said, “I appreciate the fact that they’re taking time to spend with everyone — that’s one of both artists’ best qualities. It’s been a really long day. All I want to do for my birthday is meet Jerrod and Lee.” She had patiently waiting in line from 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon to 11:30 p.m. that night.
Fans can also catch Niemann on June 7 on SirusXM’s The Highway as he co-hosts the show with Storme Warren and performs songs from the forthcoming album, Free The Music.
Niemann is currently out on the road with Miranda Lambert as part of her “On Fire” Tour and will be commencing his own fairs and festivals tour later this fall. Fans can also expect to catch him June 7-10 for festivities surrounding the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. where he will perform on the Chevrolet Riverstage in downtown Nashville on Thursday, June 7 at 1:15 p.m.
For more information on Jerrod Niemann, visit www.jerrodniemannofficial.com.