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Albums Of The Week: Corb Lund | Songs My Friends Wrote

The hurtin’ Albertan puts down his pen to pick some winners from a slate of old pals.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Fresh off his CCMA win to close out 2021, Corb Lund presents Songs My Friends Wrote, putting his spin on 10 songs penned by some of his closest pals and world-class songwriters such as Ian Tyson, Hayes Carll, Todd Snider and more.

Songs My Friends Wrote is an album I’ve been threatening to make for years,” says Lund. “In most cases I’ve picked relatively obscure songs that have always spoken to me, even though many of them won’t be so familiar to people. The best part about recording all these tunes was that they reminded me of all the people who I haven’t been able to hang out with for the past two years because of the plague we’ve all been dealing with. All of these tunes bring a smile to my face and I hope they do the same for you.”

The album’s first single, Highway 87, was written by Hayes Carll. “I’ve known Hayes forever,” Lund says. “We met at a card game in Dauphin, Manitoba, many moons ago and we both lost all our money to my ex Debbie. Hayes and I have toured together, written together, drank together and he’s one of my best friends in music. This song is one of his that’s older and not as widely known, but my guys and I have been playing it for years. I love it.”

Songs My Friends Wrote follows June 2020’s release of Agricultural Tragic, Lund’s first studio album of original material in five years. The album earned Lund the 2021 CCMA for Alternative Country Album of the Year, his 13th career win. 2022 will see Lund’s debut at Grand Ole Opry, a career highlight.

Corb Lund has also received multiple Juno and international award nominations and wins. A rural Albertan hailing from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with a long family lineage of ranchers and rodeo people, Lund is about as authentic as they come. Embracing both his Western heritage and his indie rock past through his music, Lund has been known to filter a range of cowboy themes past and present through his unique lens — from rough-and-tumble tales of lawless frontier saloons to the somber realities of running a modern family ranch.

Most recently, Lund has been actively leading protests against the Alberta provincial government’s plan to allow open-pit coal mining on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Last fall, Lund re-released This is My Prairie, featuring some of Alberta’s biggest country artists, which some are calling an anthem for the fight against coal.”