Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – Connie Smith announced her 54th album, "The Cry of the Heart," will be out Aug. 20 on Fat Possum.
The first offering is the hard country song, "Look Out Heart," written by her husband, Marty Stuart, and longtime Fabulous Superlative drummer Harry Stinson.
This is Smith's first album in a decade and her third collaboration with Stuart, who also produced the effort.
Smith and Stuart contributed two original tracks written together as well, the soaring "Here Comes My Baby Back Again" and weeper "Spare Me No Truth Tonight."
Other songs include "I Don't Believe Me Anymore" the 72nd song Smith has recorded written by Hall of Fame songwriter Dallas Frazier, and Merle Haggard's "Jesus Takes a Hold," a reflection of Smith's boundless faith in the midst of troubled times. Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Carl Jackson penned "To Pieces" and "I'm Not Over You," the latter composed with classic country singer Melba Montgomery.
Smith, 79, scored her first hit single in 1964, "Once A Day." In March, the Library of Congress announced that "Once a Day" was one of the 2020 selections for its National Recording Registry.
"People ask me, 'What is country music,'" said Smith. "I say, 'To me, country music is the cry of the heart.' We all have these experiences in our hearts and I'm trying to identify and communicate with people so they know they're not alone."
Smith has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry cast since 1965. In 2012, Smith was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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