NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Fortune is commemorating this Memorial Day Weekend with the release of his new album, God & Country, available now across all music platforms as well as in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations. The Gaither Music Group project reflects and celebrates the beauty of America, the courage of those who have made it free and the hymns that have warmed the hearts of its citizens for centuries. To stream or download God & Country, click HERE.
Billboard exclusively premiered a first listen to the album’s fifth track “Meet Me at Arlington.” Fortune co-wrote the song, inspired by the story of a Gold Star mother challenging a teacher who panned the military, with award-winning songwriter Dave Clark. “There are over 400,000 graves at Arlington and stones that represent people who have died for our freedom and who’ve given so much for us. That’s why that song was written. It’s a powerful song, a moving song and a true song about her,” shared Fortune.
“Another contribution to the positivity and power music can carry in our lives (Lula 1892/Jasmine Rochelle),” God & Country features Fortune, a 21-year member of The Statler Brothers, lending his unmistakable tenor voice to the stirring renditions of national classics and congregational favorites. The album includes a new-rendition of The Statler Brothers’ Top 10 hit “More Than a Name on a Wall,” which Fortune wrote during his tenure with the group along with their chart-topping hits “Elizabeth,” “My Only Love” and “Too Much On My Heart.” The Statler Brothers were inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, while Fortune was also inducted as a solo artist to the Virginia Musical Hall of Fame last year.
God & Country was produced by Ben Isaacs of the multi-award winning family group The Isaacs. The 14 tracks were recorded, mixed and engineered at Ben’s Den by Isaacs and Mark Capps and mastered at Georgetown Masters by Andrew Mendelson. God & Country will be advertised as part of a special television offer on DISH TV, DirecTV, RFD-TV, Gaither Television Network, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV. Before Fortune heads out on his God & Country Tour next week, fans can catch the legendary entertainer performing songs off his new album this weekend at the Gaither Family Fest in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Gaither Music Group released Fortune’s critically-acclaimed compilation album Jimmy Fortune Sings the Classics in 2017. The label also released Fortune’s CD and DVD project Hits & Hymns which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, No. 1 on the Southern Gospel chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart. Fortune has sold over 100,000 CD and DVD units with Gaither Music Group.
GOD & COUNTRY TRACK LISTING:
1. Battle Hymn of the Republic/This Land Is Your
2. The Old Rugged Cross
3. Battle of New Orleans
4. In the Garden
5. Meet Me at Arlington
6. Because He Lives
7. I Love You More
8. More Than a Name on a Wall
9. Softly and Tenderly
10. In God We Trust
11. God Bless America/America the Beautiful
12. It Is Well with My Soul
13. Intro to It Is No Secret
14. It Is No Secret
JIMMY FORTUNE GOD & COUNTRY TOUR DATES:
May 25 Gaither Family Fest – Gatlinburg, Tenn.
May 31 Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg, Ind.
Jun. 01 Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg, Ind.
Jun. 02 American Angus Hall of Fame – Smithville, Mo.
Jun. 09 The District for the Arts – Taunton, Mass.
Jun. 22 Plaza Theatre – Glasgow, Ky.
Jun. 29 Watermelon Festival – Chipley, Fla.
Jul. 04 Bissett Park – Radford, Va.
Jul. 20-27 Gaither Alaska Cruise
Aug. 10 Ohio Star Theater – Sugarcreek, Ohio
Aug. 13 WV State Fair – Lewisburg, W.Va.
Aug. 15 Music Ranch Montana – Livingston, Mont.
Aug. 23 Renfro Valley Entertainment – Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Aug. 24 Kentucky Opry – Benton, Ky.
Aug. 25 Meramec Music Theatre – Steelville, Mo.
Aug. 30 Hub 757 – Suffolk, Va.
Aug. 31 Dominion Valley Park – Stuart, Va.
Sept. 02 Paden City Labor Day Celebration – Paden City, W.Va.
Sept. 06 Blue Gate Theater – Shipshewana, Ind.
Sept. 09 Clay County Fair – Spencer, Iowa
Sept. 26 Clay Cooper Theater – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 27 Rodgers Theater – Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Oct. 02 Liberty Hall – Tyler, Texas
Oct. 03 The Palace Theater – Corsicana, Texas
Oct. 04 Hippodrome Theatre – Waco, Texas
Oct. 05 Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas
Oct. 17 John A Walker Community Center – Wilkesboro, N.C.
Nov. 7 Knoxville Performing Arts Center – Knoxville, Iowa
Nov. 09 Wellington Ritz Theatre – Wellington, Texas
Nov. 30 York Expo Center – York, Pa.
Dec. 01 Lebanon Expo Center – Lebanon, Pa.
Dec. 02 Antioch Church of the Brethren – Woodstock, Va.
Dec. 04-05 Weyers Cave Community Center – Weyers Cave, Va.
Dec. 06 Clifford Baptist – Amherst, Va.
Dec. 07 The Liberty Showcase – Liberty, N.C.
Dec. 08 Walhalla Performing Arts Center – Walhalla, S.C.
Dec. 14 Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla.