Reba McEntire is convinced country music has been missing “romance” for a while now.
The 60-year-old How Blue songstress is currently preparing for the release of her 27th studio album Love Somebody.
Reba, who is the stepmother of pop singer Kelly Clarkson, entered the music scene in 1975 and her new LP is partly inspired by how much things have transformed in her profession over the years.
“There's more men on the radio than women," Reba noted of what has changed in the country music scene since she began her career. "It went to a stage of good-ol'-boy, pickup-truck, gotta-go-down-to-the-river, that kind of stuff. And I'm missing the romance."
Reba was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in May 2011 and last fall she became the flagship artist of Nash Icon Music, a joint operation between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media.
Cumulus Media, the owner of country music radio stations across the America, began branding outlets under the Nash banner in 2013 and this has resulted in more classics being played on the air, a development Reba is very happy about.
"They are having a lot more radio stations across the country that are playing me and people who have new music but also had music out then," she noted. "I missed having more places to hear the older music. That's what I grew up on, what I love, what I miss."
Exciting duets will appear on Reba’s Love Somebody album, as Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles sings on the track Enough and Pray for Peace, a song which also features backing vocals by her daughter-in-law Kelly and Dunn.
Love Somebody is due for release on Tuesday.