Texas group Mike and the Moonpies will celebrate the work of country songwriting great Gary Stewart on their new album Touch of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart. The band’s version of “Smooth Shot of Whiskey,” featuring Midland’s Mark Wystrach, is out now. The full album, which follows their Abbey Road project Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, will arrive May 28th. Working closely with Stewart’s daughter Shannon and friend Tommy Schwartz, Moonpies frontman Mike Harmeier listened to unreleased demos in Stewart’s vault, choosing 10 that were originally written or co-written during the 1970s and 1980s. Produced by Adam Odor and finished remotely by the band during quarantine, Touch of You also includes guest appearances by Jamie Lin Wilson and Courtney Patton. The May 28th release date is timed to coincide with the late Stewart’s birthday. In “Smooth Shot of Whiskey,” Harmeier and Wystrach trade lines and harmonize, with lonesome peals of pedal steel cascading around them. “Pour a smooth shot of whiskey, we could go through a lot of memories/Life has been rough on us lately, and I’ll drink to that,” they sing in the chorus. Stewart penned the song with Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus and,… Read full this story
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