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Reba Talks New Album and Romance On Country Radio

04/20/2015
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(Radio.com) Reba McEntire is back with her first new album in five years. Titled Love Somebody, the 12-track release, which was released last week, encapsulates love in all its forms. There are love songs. There are breakup songs. There are wish-we-didn't-break-up songs.

So what does Reba think about romance on country radio? "I think definitely there's room for romance and great relationships [songs] to come back," she says with a big smile. "That's why I titled this album Love Somebody. It's about falling in love, falling out of love, looking for love, all the aspects and different ratios of love. It's going to touch somebody's heart pretty severely."

Love Somebody is an emotional album which includes songs penned by Tom Douglas, Brandy Clark, Sam Hunt and Shane McAnally, among others. The most honest song for Reba, though, is 'Just Like Them Horses," which was written by Liz Hengber and Tommy Lee James. She says it touches her more deeply than the other songs she's recorded for the record.

"I recorded it and then I played it at Daddy's funeral," she says gravely, referring to her father, Clark Vincent McEntire, who died last October. "I recorded it just weeks before he passed away."

A song she admits is difficult to sing, Reba says she doesn't know if she'll perform it on tour. "When I recorded it I had to really concentrate on the lyrics. It was a very emotional song," she confesses. "It was for Mama and Daddy. It was for her letting Daddy go. He had been sick for three or four years and it was time. He was suffering and if he had known where he was and what was really going on, if he could have told us, he wouldn't have wanted that kind of a life. I think he pretty much decided when he wanted to go and God said, 'OK come on boy, let's go home.'" Read more here.

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