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Diane Schuur to release album of country classics

"The Gathering" is a collection of classic country songs, mostly written during the golden era of the 1960s, and the first time Schuur has featured this genre.

Two-time Grammy Award winner and one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur, will be releasing her Vanguard debut, The Gathering, on June 7th. With a distinguished career that spans nearly three decades, Schuur’s new album is unique in both material and style, and features special guests Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, Larry Carlton and Kirk Whalum. To celebrate the release of The Gathering Ms. Schuur will be performing at B.B. King's in New York City on Wednesday, June 15th. Showtimes at 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM.

The Gathering is a collection of 10 classic country songs, mostly written during the golden era of the 1960s, and is the first time Schuur has featured this genre of music. On selections like Willie Nelson’s “Healing Hands of Time,” Roger Miller’s “When Two Worlds Collide,” Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again” and Tammy Wynette’s “Til I Can Make It on My Own,” Schuur’s great vocal versatility shines through.


The Gathering was recorded almost entirely in one day in early December in Nashville, TN. The singer has always wanted to record there and work with some of the city’s top musicians. Her new association with Vanguard allowed her to achieve that dream. “I knew when the label approached me it was time to do something I always wanted to do,” Schuur says, “and the way it came together seems like magic.” The album sessions started at 9 a.m. on December 6th, 2010, and by late afternoon all ten songs had been completed. Produced by Music City veteran Steve Buckingham, almost all the recording was done totally live, and most of the finished versions on the album are first takes. Other songs on The Gathering include “Why Can’t He Be You,” “Beneath Still Waters,” “Don’t Touch Me,” “Til I Get It Right,” “Am I That Easy to Forget,” and “Nobody Wins.”

The Gathering Track Listing
1. Why Can't He Be You
2. Healing Hands of Time (with Mark Knopfler & Kirk Whaalum)
3. Beneath Still Waters
4. 'Til I Can Make It On My Own
5. Don't Touch Me (with Alison Krauss)
6. Today I Started Loving You Again (with Vince Gill & Larry Carlton)
7. 'Til I Get It Right
8. Am I That Easy To Forget
9. When Two Worlds Collide
10. Nobody Wins