Ingram looks towards his "Big Dreams & High Hopes"
Monday, July 20, 2009
– When accepting his 2008 Academy of Country Music Award for "Top New Male Vocalist," Jack Ingram dedicated the honor to "anyone who has ever dared to dream big dreams and have high hopes." Ingram's second Big Machine studio project," Big Dreams & High Hopes," drops Aug. 25.
"I'm proud of this album like crazy," said Ingram. "We started to put it out a few times earlier this year, but then I'd hold everything up and go back to the studio and tweak this or mess with that, but now I'm finally ready. There are a few rowdy barroom sing-a-longs on there and also a few songs that are meant to be listened to when you're all alone...lots of long days and fun nights were spent making this one."
The lead single is Barefoot and Crazy, up 4 places to 13 this week on Billboard.
Ingram helped write 7 of the 11 songs. Patty Griffin contributes vocals on the Ingram-penned Seeing Stars, and Dierks Bentley does the same on the honky tonk song Barbie Doll with Little Big Town, Randy Houser, James Otto and The Lost Trailers (also known as The Little Big Lost Beat-Up Ford Funky Times Freedom Choir) contributing gang vocals. Jay Joyce, Jeremy Stover, Doug Lancio and Radney Foster all get production credits, and Ingram's cast of co-writers includes Jeffrey Steele, Darrell Brown, Dallas Davidson, Gary Burr and Tom Shapiro.
1. Free (Jay Knowles, Trent Summar)
2. Barefoot And Crazy (Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson)
3. That's A Man (Ed Hill, Steven Dale Jones, Mark D. Sanders)
4. Seeing Stars, Featuring Patty Griffin (Jack Ingram, Chris Tompkins)
5. Not Giving Up On Me (Jack Ingram, Jeffrey Steele, Tom Hambridge)
6. Barbie Doll, Featuring Dierks Bentley (Jack Ingram, Todd Snider)
7. Big Dreams & High Hopes (Gary Burr, Jack Ingram)
8. Heartache (Jack Ingram, Radney Foster, Darrell Brown)
9. Man In Your Life (Jack Ingram, Radney Foster)
10. King Of Wasted Time (Tom Shapiro, Tony Martin, Jim Collins)
11. In The Corner (Jack Ingram)
Ingram will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "Most Consecutive Radio Interviews In A 24 Hour Period," beginning in the early hours of Aug. 25, a record currently held by Pete Wentz' Fall Out Boy.
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