Today, Foster & Lloyd are releasing their first album of new material since 1990. It’s Already Tomorrow is available digitally today and will be released on ‘Effin ‘El Records on May 17. If purchased from iTunes, the album includes an iTunes exclusive track, “Without Love.” The duo first broke onto the scene in the ’80s, during a time when country music was experiencing a period of creative freedom.
Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd met in 1985 as two singer-songwriters signed to the same publisher. Despite different backgrounds, they had enough in common to co-write songs together that provoked a response. They were first successful as songwriters, but it was their distinctive sound on the demos they recorded that earned them a record deal with RCA. Their first single, “Crazy Over You,” topped the charts, making them the first duo in country music history to have their debut single reach No. 1.
Foster & Lloyd went on to record three groundbreaking albums for RCA, which included the hits “Sure Thing,” “What Do You Want From Me This Time,” “Texas in 1880,” and “Fair Shake” and of course, “Crazy Over You.” The duo was one of the first acts to be played on both country and college radio. They toured internationally, earned a Grammy nomination and were a fixture at the CMA awards. They split in 1990, both going on to successful solo careers. They remained friends, however, writing together throughout the years. It took a request from the Americana Music Association to reunite the duo. When the news broke that they would be performing together, the show sold out in 15 minutes.
“It was so much fun getting back together onstage, and we realized that the new songs we had written together still had that magic,” Radney said. “We decided to start getting together once a month to write. Soon the songs were pouring out, and we knew we needed to get back in the studio.”
It’s Already Tomorrow is the result of their reunion. The duo co-wrote all 12 songs as well as served as co-producers. They put their own spin on “Picasso’s Mandolin,” which they wrote years earlier with Guy Clark, who recorded it on his Boats To Build album. Other guests on the album include legendary pedal steel guitarist Lloyd Green, producer and former Emmylou Harris steel guitarist Steve Fishell and singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman. Radney and Bill recorded one last song, the acoustic-based “When I Finally Let You Go,” in Radney’s home studio. Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band bassist, Garry Tallent, played the nylon string bass part on the recording.
Foster & Lloyd will also be touring in support of their new album. For a complete list of tour dates, visit fosterandlloyd.com.