A special treat for fans of '80s country music might've gotten lost in the shuffle today (September 25th) with new releases by Travis Tritt and Carrie Underwood. Earl Thomas Conley's Promised Land: The Lost Album (BFD/Audium Nashville) compiles a dozen rarities recorded by Conley in 2000 and 2001.
Rolling Stone Country offered a taste of the Nelson Larkin-produced album on Wednesday (Sept. 23) when it premiered "Better Said Than Done."
"This collection of music was one of dad's last endeavors of putting together an album," said Conley's youngest daughter, Erinn Scates, in a press release. "Here you will find some of his most thoughtful lyrics and heartfelt mementos. Dad was a man who wore many hats. A painter, a craftsman, a sketch artist but music, most of all, was his truest passion."
Conley co-wrote the previously unreleased songs on Promised Land in the '90s, and they reflect the sound of the time.
"This album is long overdue as Earl had always wanted to release just 'one more album,'" says Carole Scates, Conley's longtime significant other, in a press release. "The sound and composition of these songs reflect the '90s, the time period which they were originally written. Earl Thomas Conley was an artist in every sense of the word. His talent knew no bounds, and he will remain in our hearts for the rest of our days."
Conley, the Billboard hitmaker behind "Holding Her and Loving You" and "Don't Make It Easy For Me," passed away on April 10, 2019.
Promised Land: The Lost Album Track List:
1. Better Said Than Done (Earl Thomas Conley, Charlie Allen Bouton, Nelson Larkin)
2. Love's the Only Voice (Earl Thomas Conley, Carole Scates)
3. Workin' My Way Down (Earl Thomas Conley, Bob Corbin, Bat McGrath)
4. How Much Heartache (Earl Thomas Conley, Ron Reynolds)
5. My Heart's Just Her Old Stompin' Ground (Earl Thomas Conley, Ron Reynolds)
6. That's What a Fool Deserves (Earl Thomas Conley, Ron Reynolds)
7. Takin' Me Away From the Promised Land (Earl Thomas Conley, Ron Reynolds)
8. Those Clouds I've Been Walkin' On (Earl Thomas Conley, Ron Reynolds)
9. I Still Love the Girl (Earl Thomas Conley, Ron Reynolds)
10. Your Love is Worth It All (Earl Thomas Conley, Nelson Larkin, Ron Reynolds)
11. Physical Attraction (Earl Thomas Conley, Wade Kirby, Randy Scruggs)
12. She Just Wants to Dance (Earl Thomas Conley, Ron Reynolds)