Reba McEntire has blessed fans with the announcement of a triple album boxset. The albums are scheduled to release October 8th of this year. The project is titled Revived Remixed Revisited and will bring fresh takes and changes to Reba’s iconic songs. This marks the first release for Reba since Icon in 2014.
When speaking with Variety, Reba spoke on the differences between the three albums. Remixed is more than self-explanatory. That album will feature songs remixed by artists like Lafemmebear among others. She took the time to discuss the differences between the other two, Revived and Revisited. To put it simply, “Quite a bit,” Reba said when asked.
Dave Cobb Slows Reba Down on ‘Revisited’
Reba McEntire admitted she didn’t know how to make them distinct from each other at first. However, with producer Dave Cobb, she doesn’t have to worry.
“When you work with somebody like Dave Cobb, who is a genius. He’s very laid back. And that’s what comes through in the “Revisited” part,” Reba commented.
The proof is in the pudding when it comes to Cobb. The producer has worked with artists such as The Highwomen, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, and John Prine. He is probably the preeminent producer of country music today.
Reba McEntire mentioned that Cobb brought in just a small, almost entirely acoustic band for Revisited. With a steel guitar added along with a fiddle, the songs are slowed down and “totally different approach than almost anything I’ve ever done” with the exception of her 2016 Christmas album.
Reba McEntire’s Live Band Sound for ‘Revived’
As for Revived Reba McEntire goes back to a familiar partner. Doug Sisemore, Reba’s musical director, and bandleader came in and brought a live sound to her music. She talks about how time changes songs and the way artists perform them.
She mentioned that, “On ‘Can’t Even Get the Blues’, Doug came up with a different intro and he played it for me and didn’t tell me what song it was for.” She admitted it took her a while to realize what the intro was for, and she loved it. Can’t Even Get the Blues was Reba’s first No.1 hit back in 1982.
Reba McEntire seems to have high hopes for the Revived tracks and says fans should enjoy it as well.
“‘Revived’ is going to give the listener what they’re used to, so they can sing along…it’s going to give them a little added bonus that I hope they smile at,” the country star said.
With the new mixes and takes on her classic hits, fans are sure to be in for a treat. The Revisited and Revived albums will be true Reba McEntire records with new angles. The addition of Dave Cobb to Revisited could be a sound that no one has ever heard from Reba before. That should be exciting for new and old listeners.