This week is a big one for Jack Ingram. With his high-profile friends Mack Brown and Matthew McConaughey, the Austin country-rock singer-songwriter co-hosts the annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey fundraiser on Thursday and Friday with two shows at ACL Live, including a concert with country star Chris Stapleton. But Ingram also has a new record coming out.
Titled "Ridin' High…Again!", the 13-song set is a salute of sorts to Austin legend Jerry Jeff Walker's 1975 release "Ridin' High," which was Walker's first album to hit the country charts. Ingram's record isn't exactly a tribute, per se — none of its tracks are actually covers of songs on Walker's record. But the inclusion of 1970s-era favorites such as Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for a Train," Kris Kristofferson's "Jesus Was a Capricorn" and Rusty Wier's "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance" make clear the spirit Ingram is trying to capture.
He also includes his own rendition of "Tin Man," the recent Miranda Lambert smash he co-wrote with Lambert and Jon Randall, and a new song dedicated to Willie Nelson called "Where There's a Willie." The album was recorded in a two-day stretch at Austin's Arlyn Studios, where director Spencer Peeples captured Ingram and his band — including ace Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton — laying down "Desperados" in a stark black-and-white video. We're premiering it today on Austin360:
Thursday's MJ&M concert with Chris Stapleton are sold out, but tickets are still available via the ACL Live website for the Friday "Jack & Friends" show with guests including Butch Walker, Scott Stapp, Wade Bowen and Holly Williams.