Billy Ray Cyrus - The Singin' Hills Sessions Vol. 1 Sunset
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The Singin' Hills Sessions Vol. 1 Sunset (Broken Bow, 2020)

Billy Ray Cyrus

Reviewed by Michael Rampa

Billy Ray Cyrus has not been a stranger to commercial success over his 30-year career. After achieving immediate global stardom with 1992's iconic breakout hit "Achy Breaky Heart," he spent years starring in his uber-famous daughter's Disney juggernaut, "Hannah Montana." Now he has two Grammys for the duet with Lil Nas X on "Old Town Road" On its heels is this incredibly brief three-song EP "The Singin' Hills Sessions Vol. 1 Sunset." "It's purpose was not to put out new music, nor prompt a resurgence of his style. It was rather a personal refocusing point.

Cyrus kicks it off by nailing a moving cover of Neil Diamond's "I Saw I Said" that he performed as an emotional tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on The Talk. There is a collaboration with Shooter Jennings, a satisfying banjo and fiddle-driven "Killing The Blues" that would please a staunch bluegrass fan. The closer "She Always Goes" is a soft, achy acoustic ballad about leaving that feels like a single take in a songwriter's round. At 13 minutes in length, you'll quickly find out if it suits your taste.

CDs by Billy Ray Cyrus

The Singin' Hills Sessions Vol. 1 Sunset, 2020 The SnakeDoctor Circus, 2019 Thin Line, 2016 Change My Mind, 2012 Back To Tennessee, 2009 Home at Last, 2007 Wanna Be Your Joe, 2006

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