Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb Discusses Being ‘Bitten by Nashville’ Music, Inspiration Behind New Album

by Matthew Wilson

The last surviving member of the Bee Gees has gone country. Barry Gibbs has teamed with some of country music’s brightest names for his newest album. Gibb decided to record his latest album “Greenfields” in Nashville resurrecting some of his classics with a country bent.

“I was bitten by Nashville,” Gibb told CBS News. “Because Nashville is about music. It’s about real songs. This is where I gotta go. This is the kind of music I love.”

For the album, Gibb worked with some of country music’s biggest talents including Jason Isbel, Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile, and Keith Urban. He also worked with Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, and the one and only Dolly Parton. Gibb let the artists pick which songs they wanted to work on from his catalog. For instance, Parton worked on “Words” and Crow chose “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”

They recorded the album at RCA Studios, a historic studio in Nashville.

“Incredible,” Gibb said. “Studio B, which is where Elvis, and Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers, and Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson [recorded]. A phenomenal experience. Dolly said to me, ‘Where I’m standing is where I sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘Jolene,’ in the same afternoon!’ So, that’s very special, very special to be in that environment.”

Barry Gibb Worked in Country Music Before

Gibb and his brothers previously worked within the country music genre. For instance, they recorded the smash hit duet “Islands in the Stream,” which Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton recorded.

“Yeah, ‘Rest Your Love On Me,’ which we did the original version, was a #1 record for Conway Twitty, and of course there’s ‘Islands in the Stream’ with Kenny and Dolly,” Gibb said. “Kenny called me up and said, would I write a couple of songs? And I went to work on that with Maurice and Robin. We came up with the song called ‘Islands in the Stream,’ which was originally written for Diana Ross.”