Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani & More To Honor The Judds On Star-Studded Tribute Album

The upcoming 14-track compilation album is packed with new interpretations of the iconic duo’s songs and is set for release on October 27, 2023.

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on August 11, 2023

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Commemorating four decades of The Judds, a group of music’s biggest artists has united to create A Tribute To The Judds. The upcoming 14-track compilation album is packed with new interpretations of the iconic duo’s songs and is set for release on October 27, 2023.

The forthcoming tribute album features an exciting lineup of Wynonna Judd, Ashley McBryde, Barnett, Lynne, and West, Blake Shelton, Carl Perkins, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Dolly Parton, Ella Langley, Gabby Barrett, Gwen Stefani, Jamey Johnson, Jelly Roll, Jennifer Nettles, K. Michelle, Lainey Wilson, LeAnn Rimes, Megan Moroney, Molly Tuttle, O.N.E. The Duo, Raul Malo, Reba McEntire, Rob Ickes, Shelly Fairchild, Sonya Isaacs, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Trey Hensley, Trisha Yearwood, and Wendy Moten.

Throughout A Tribute To The Judds, every artist infuses their distinctive musical style into the esteemed melodies of The Judds. This results in a compelling tribute to one of the globe’s most cherished and pioneering duos.

Every track on the tribute album was developed by The Judds’ original producer and six-time Grammy award winner, Brent Maher except for “Cry Myself to Sleep” which was produced by four-time CMA winner Cactus Moser (who is also the husband of Wynonna Judd).

The Judds; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT
The Judds; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

The Project Marks A Four-Decade Milestone Of The Judds’ Career

Marking The Judds’ four-decade milestone since their signing to RCA Records under the guidance of Joe Galante, who not only acted as the project’s executive producer but also played a pivotal role in realizing the album with Renee Bell. Galante’s prior collaboration with The Judds’ led to a series of remarkable achievements, including 6 multi-platinum studio albums, 5 Grammy Awards, 9 CMA Awards, 8 ACM Awards, and an esteemed induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“To have all of these artists, most of which are my friends, come together and lend their voices and artistry to reimagine these songs, is so special. These songs are so timeless and I am so excited for them to live on for generations to come,” Wynonna Judd shared in a statement. 

The Judds; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT/CBS
The Judds; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT/CBS

First Taste Of The Album Drops On August 18

“To all of you who listen to this music, I wish you could have been with us in the studio when we recorded these songs. There was a joy and passion along with some poignant moments in re-recording these Judd songs that are impossible to describe. I hope you enjoy this record as much as we enjoyed making it,” Brent Maher added.

“Renee Bell and I were thrilled to be part of A Tribute to the Judds as Executive Producers. After my signing of The Judds in 1983, and Wynonna going to MCA when Renee was director of A&R, it was a special reunion for all of us,” Joe Galante shared. “With Brent Maher at the helm of producing all of the timeless Judds’ music we are honoring, it was the perfect combination. We couldn’t be more excited about the incredible artists that have brought their own styles to these great songs.”

Fans will get a glimpse of the project with the release of an “authentic rendition of one of the band’s most beloved tracks” on August 18.

The Judds; Photo by Brent Harrington/CBS
The Judds; Photo by Brent Harrington/CBS

A Tribute To The Judds Track List

1. Girls Night Out – Reba McEntire, Carly Pearce, Jennifer Nettles, Gabby Barrett
2. Mama He’s Crazy – Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton
3. Why Not Me – Megan Moroney
4. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days) [feat. Sonya Isaacs] – Cody Johnson
5. Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain – Ashley McBryde and Shelly Fairchild
6. Young Love (Strong Love) – Ella Langley and Jamey Johnson
7. Have Mercy – LeAnn Rimes
8. Love Is Alive – Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
9. Had A Dream (For The Heart) – Wendy Moten and O.N.E The Duo
10. I Know Where I’m Going – Barnett, Lynne & West
11. Let Me Tell You About Love – Carl Perkins and Raul Malo
12. John Deere Tractor – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Molly Tuttle
13. Cry Myself To Sleep – Wynonna Judd and Trisha Yearwood
14. Love Can Build A Bridge – Jelly Roll, K. Michelle, and The Fisk Jubilee Singers

A Tribute To The Judds Album Art
A Tribute To The Judds Album Art

About The Judds

The Judds were composed of Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd, who passed away in April of 2022.

The mother-daughter duo earned 14 No. 1 hits during their career that spanned nearly three decades, including “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Turn It Loose,” “Girls Night Out,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa.”

The Judds toured in the ’80s where they had a catalog of twenty Top 10 hits, 20 million-plus albums sold, a combined 16 Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum albums, and The Judds Greatest Hits.

Since launching their career in 1983, the duo went on to release six studio albums and an EP. The superstar pair have also won several awards, including nine CMA Awards, seven Academy Of Country Music Awards and five GRAMMY Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”

The Judds; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT
The Judds; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

After rising to fame, the iconic country duo broke up in 1991 after Doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis c. In addition to her celebrated music career, Naomi was also an actress, having appeared in several TV movies and TV series.

Country Music Hall Of Fame Members

On May 1, 2022, Wynonna Judd accepted the high honor of The Judds being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her sister, Ashley, by her side. During their appearance at the event, the sisters paid tribute to their late mother with a tearful speech and by reciting a biblical verse.

Their induction came just one day after Naomi Judd passed away at the age of 76 on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Her death shocked the country music community.

Her passing was revealed on social media in a statement from her daughters. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy… lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement read. “We are shattered [and] we are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public [and] we are in unknown territory.”

Ashley Judd And Wynonna Judd; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Ashley Judd And Wynonna Judd; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

A Tribute To The Judds will also be partnering with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), in honor of Naomi Judd. For more information on NAMI, click HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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