Brian Wilson unearths long-lost country gem ‘Cows in the Pasture’

The flavour of the month is country, and we can not wait to wrap our ears around Brian Wilson’s ‘Cows In The Pasture’

Brian Wilson, the creative force behind the Beach Boys, is gearing up to release a long-lost country album titled “Cows in the Pasture,” dating back to the 1970s.

The project involved collaboration with former Beach Boys manager Fred Vail, and its resurrection is set for 2025, you can check out the original article here.

In 1970, Wilson pitched the country album concept to Vail, despite the manager lacking formal training in the genre. The duo embarked on the project, recording 14 song skeletons with studio musicians. Unfortunately, Wilson lost interest before proper vocals were laid down, leading to the shelving of the recordings at the Beach Boys’ office.

More than five decades later, Vail, with the help of Nashville-based producer Sam Parker, is bringing “Cows in the Pasture” back to life.

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The revived album will feature a lineup of accomplished musicians, including country legends and rock & roll figures, with T Bone Burnett’s involvement teased – if you don’t know who T Bone Burnett is, he’s worth looking up, not least because he was Bob Dylans guitarist in the 70s, but he’s also a major figure in television and film scoring – think ‘True Detective,’  ‘Walk the Line’, and ‘Cold Mountain’ just to name a few out of the 20 plus he has worked on.

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Brian Wilson has signed on as an executive producer and will contribute vocals to one of the tracks. Reflecting on the project, Wilson expressed his satisfaction that Vail’s album is finally seeing the light of day. Alongside the album release, Vail plans to unveil a four-part docuseries offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Cows in the Pasture.”

In addition to this project, Wilson has contributed vocals to an upcoming Glen Campbell duets album, featuring Carole King, Dolly Parton, and Elton John. However, amidst these creative endeavors, Wilson faced a personal tragedy in late January with the loss of his second wife and longtime manager, Melinda Ledbetter.

Keen for a lil more Brian Wilson magic, check out his stirring at home 2020 session here.