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Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

Classic Christmas Rewind: Sara Evans – ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’

Classic Rewind: Merle Haggard – ‘If We Make It Through December’

Spotlight Artist: Sara Evans

In 1997, all of Nashville was abuzz about Three Chords and the Truth, which was the title of both Laurence Leamer’s expose of the country music industry, and a forthcoming debut album by RCA’s newest female signee. Rest assured that we aren’t turning into the National Enquirer this month, but we are pleased to announce that Sara Evans is our spotlight artist for December.

Born in New Franklin, Missouri, on February 5, 1971, Sara Lynn Evans started singing with her family band at age five. She began singing in nightclubs when she was 16, and moved to Nashville when she was 20. She secured her record deal with RCA with the assistance of the legendary Harlan Howard, who was impressed with her demo recording of one of his songs. She was paired with producer Pete Anderson and released her debut album on July 1, 1997.

Country music since the mid-90s, led by Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, had been drifting steadily towards pop, and the very traditional Three Chords and the Truth was widely expected to be the album that would force Nashville to return to its roots. That didn’t happen. Although it was a hit with critics, the album was a commercial disappointment and Evans spent the next few years modifying her sound, trying to find more radio-friendly material that still sounded country. She struck gold — platinum, actually, with 2000’s Born To Fly. Recent years have found Evans again struggling for radio airplay, as personal problems and stiff competition from newer female vocalists have taken their toll on her career. We hope you’ll enjoy our coverage this month as we take a look back at the career of this talented lady.