Keep On Loving You

August 18, 2009 | The Valory Music Co.

As Reba embarks on an exciting new chapter of her career with the release of Keep On Loving You, her debut album with The Valory Music Co., it is readily apparent that she’s not your typical icon.




1. Strange

2. Just When I Thought I’d Stopped Loving You

3. I Keep on Lovin’ You

4. I Want A Cowboy

5. Consider Me Gone

6. But Why

7. Pink Guitar

8. She’s Turning 50 Today

9. Eight Crazy Hours (In The Story Of Love)

10. Nothing To Lose

11. Over You

12. Maggie Creek Road

13. I’ll Have What She’s Having

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Keep On Loving You

Certified: Gold

Produced by: Tony Brown and Mark Bright

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Thanks…I have had a great time working on this record! Getting to sit with publishers and writers and really work together to find the best songs is a wonderful process.  I am so proud of the songs we found!  And then I got to work with two wonderful and talented producers, Tony Brown and Mark Bright.  I’ve worked with Tony since 1990 but this is the first time I’ve gotten to work with Mark.  Both producers turned out the best music after putting together some of the best and talented players in our business.  They brought magic to each of the sessions and made great songs even greater!

I’d like to thank all the writers of these great songs, the publishers and all the wonderful background singers.  Thanks to Derek Bason for this tireless engergy engineering and mixing the CD.  To my terrific team at Starstruck Studios, thanks for keeping it going.  Thanks to Narvel Blackstock, Cliff Williamson, Trisha McClanahan, Lindsay Huggins, Penny Chubb, Carolyn Snell, my band and crew and Dr. Richard Quisling…my team that keeps ME going.  Terry and Brett, you two have the talent of making me look my best while having lots of fun!  Thanks!!

Now I get to turn this music over to all of my friends on Scott Borchetta’s Valory team and my Starstruck Records family to bring this music to country radio and the fans who have given me so much support throughout the years.  I am grateful to all of these people on the journey, including you for buying the CD!  It took all of us to bring KEEP ON LOVING YOU to life.  And we are just getting started.

~Always, Reba

Album Liner Notes


††Produced by REBA McEntireand TONY BROWN for TBE

Production ††tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11

Recorded & Mixed by Derek Bason at Starstruck Studios, Nashville, TN; Assisted by Chris Ashburn, Tristan Brock-Jones
Digital editing by Nathan Dickinson
Mastered by Hank Wililams at MasterMix, Nashville, TN
Production Coordination by Mike “Frog” Griffith; Production Assistance by Kirsten Wines
Copy Coordinator: Whitney Sutton

†tracks 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13

Recorded & Mixed by Derek Bason at Starstruck Studios, Nashville, TN; Assisted by Chris Ashburn, Tristan Brock-Jones
Additional Engineering by Todd Tidwell, Steve Marcantonio
Mastered by Hank Wililams at MasterMix, Nashville, TN
Production Coordination: Erin McAnally
Copy Coordinator: Whitney Sutton

Enhanced Content

“Strange” music video: director Trey Fanjoy for Big Feather Films / “Consider Me Gone” video: from CMT Invitation ONly (Courtesy CMT)


Ilya Toshinsky - Acoustic Guitar 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11; Banjo 1
Brian Sutton - Acoustic Guitar 3, 6, 10, 12, 13; Banjo 4, 10
Tom Bukovac - Electric Guitar 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11
Brent Mason - Electric Guitar 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13
Kenny Greenberg - Electric Guitar 5, 6, 7, 10
Mike Johnson - Steel Guitar 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11; Dobro 9
Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar 3, 4, 6, 10, 13; Dobro 12
Steve Nathan - B3 3, 4, 12; Piano 6, Keyboards 6, 12
Gordon Mote - Piano 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11
Matt Rollings - Piano 3, 4, 10, 12, 14; B3 6
Charlie Judge - Keyboards 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11; Strings 9
Aubrie Haynie - Fiddle 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13; Mandolin 1, 9, 10
Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11; Acoustic Guitar 4
Glenn Worf - Bass 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13
Shannon Forrest - Drums 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11
Eddie Bayers - Drums 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13
Wes Hightower - BGV 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12
Jennifer Wrinkle - BGV 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13
Ashley Cleveland, Perry Coleman, Kim Keyes, Judson Spence - BGV 3
Katrina Elam, Wayne Kirkpatrick - BGV 4
Jason Sellers - BGV 6

Album Package

Creative Direction - Sandi Spika Borchetta
Package Design - LeeAnn Ramey for Ramey Design
Photographer - Russ Harrington
Stylist - Terry Gordon
Hair & Makeup - Brett Freedman

Additional Details

Here is a breakdown of the various editions you can find in stores:

Standard Edition: Features “Strange” music video and performance of “Consider Me Gone” from CMT Invitation Only - Reba. - Click here to order.

Walmart Exclusive: Features enhanced content from Standard Edition and digital video download of 20 minutes of behind the scenes footage from the Keep On Loving You studio sessions.

Target Exclusive: CD/DVD combo features enhanced content from Standard Edition and 20 minute of behind the scenes footage from the “Strange” video shoot, a “Strangest Strange Q&A” with Reba and a “day of stardom” documentary.

iTunes: Features “Consider Me Gone” performance from CMT Invitation Only - Reba. - Click here to order.

Rhapsody Exclusive: Features “I Want A Cowboy” Club Mix - Click here to order.

Tracks Cut By Cut

1. “Strange”

“I liked the way it has a lot of different melodies to it. It has great range, but the main reason I like it is because it’s so sassy. I love the attitude of it. It’s totally different, but it reminds me of the attitudes of `Can’t Even Get the Blues.’ I seem to have success with sassy attitude songs. This song is about a woman who has been left behind from her partner or boyfriend, and she is trying to feel sad, but it’s just not working, so she’s going on with her life. It’s a strong woman song.”

2. “Just When I Thought I’d Stopped Loving You”

“This is the song that Rivers Rutherford wrote with Mark Nesler. I loved the beat and the melody. It reminded me of a Rascal Flatts song in the first part of it. It’s really catchy.

“It’s a song that I’d be singing the middle of the night when I woke up, so I knew it would be a great song when it is in your subconscious like that. I would say this is the least powerful woman song, because she is like, `Oh, I can’t give in and take you back one more time, I can’t,’ but then she does. I hate to say it’s a booty call song, but it does remind me of that. I guess this is my booty call song!”

3. “I Keep On Lovin’ You”

“We were in the studio recording with Tony Brown, and Tony had said they were just finishing up some of the Brooks & Dunn songs. He said, `You ought to listen to this one song.

“I just love the song. I think it is wonderful. I think it can relate to a couple who have been together for a short time or a long time, but basically a long time. We’ve been through the highs and lows and ups and downs, we’ve fought and gotten back together, but no matter what we go through, I’m going to keep on loving you. I think it’s an anniversary song.”

4. “I Want a Cowboy”

“Katrina Elam co-wrote this song. I am a huge fan of Katrina Elam. She is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard.

“I asked Tony to ask Katrina if I could cut `I Want a Cowboy.’ She came in and sang some of the harmony on it too. It’s a great kick-ass song that is good attitude. And I’m a cowgirl; I’ve rodeoed 10 years and I’m a third-generation rodeo brat, so I thought it was just perfect.”

5. “Consider Me Gone”

“It’s a strong woman song. I’m sure there are tons of women who get the cold shoulder when the husband comes in from work. He’s had a rough day and she’s had three kids at home, especially if it’s summer. He doesn’t want to talk, something’s going on and it’s confrontation time. If you are giving me the cold shoulder, if you’re not wanting to talk to me, and if things aren’t getting any better and if I don’t turn you on, consider me gone. Here’s the way the cow eats the cabbage. It’s like, let’s poop or get off the pot. Tell it like it is. It’s a pretty cool song and it’s confrontation time. That is one thing that is wrong with relationships, that there’s not enough communication.”

6. “But Why”

“I love the melody. It’s one of those love songs that I usually don’t record. It’s also a strong woman song: `I can do this by myself, but why would I want to when I can share it with you?’ It’s a real sweet love song. It’s a very soft song.”

7. “Pink Guitar”

“This is just a kick-ass fun song. I can see lots of little girls going, `Yeah, I want to play guitar.’ When I was growing up, guitars were for boys; that was the men’s instrument, especially an electric guitar. Girls could play an acoustic guitar. I remember the girl who played on one of the awards shows with Carrie Underwood. She got out there and played her butt off. That was when I found `Pink Guitar.’ I said, `She’s going to love this song.’

“I love the attitude of it. It’s still country; it’s almost like `Fancy.’ This girl had this dream and she went on to survive and succeed. It’s real cute and I love to sing it.”

8. “She’s Turning 50 Today”

“It’s a song about a woman who found out that her husband left on Saturday for a woman who is half her age. She spent the day lying in bed, but then on Monday got up, loaded up her pickup truck and began a new chapter of her life. She went on with her life and didn’t look back.

“I wrote the first two lines of `She’s Turning 50 Today’ and sent it to Liz Hengber. I said, `Why don’t you work on this a little bit and email me back what you’ve got?’ Two years went by, and I said, `Liz, what about that song?’ She said, `Tommy Lee James and I are going to work on it.

“So by the time this album came around to start recording, they sent me an MP3 of it while I was in the studio. I rewrote the second verse to make it more personal and relate to me when I left Stringtown, Oklahoma, in 1987. So in a way it’s about me leaving a relationship, but it was certainly years ago, but put the two together.”

9. “Eight Crazy Hours (In the Story of Love)”

“This is a song I was on the fence about because it was so deep that I just didn’t know how to take it. And so I let Autumn McEntire Sizemore, my niece, listen to it. She started crying and said, `You’ve got to record this song.’ I let more people listen to it and they were like, `Oh my gosh!’

“It didn’t hit me as hard as it did a lot of other people. I guess I haven’t had to get away. I think my music is my release. Whenever I am menopausal or whatever, I can release things in my music when I sing. That is my therapy. It touched so many people that I recorded it. When I sang it live it choked me up so much that I couldn’t get through it.

“This woman has a meltdown and she is just putting sheets on the bed and winds up in a bunch of dirty clothes on the floor, crying her eyes out. She checks into a cheap motel and lets it all out, crying in the bathtub. It was just as simple as picking up the kids and she’s back in life again. She just needed to go away and take time for herself. Eight hours later, they’re sitting around table eating chicken and laughing. It’s eight crazy hours and the story of love.”

10. “Nothing To Lose”

“Nothing to Lose” was on Melonie Cannon’s album. When I was working with (Melonie’s father) Buddy Cannon years ago, he gave it to me. I love Melonie’s voice. `Nothing to Lose’ was one of those songs that I said, `Man, if I could ever record that…,’ so I did. I told everybody, `I want to feature the band on this,’ so we let the band play two or three times. Everybody had an instrumental. It’s about a woman leaving on the bus going down to Georgia. She doesn’t know where she’s going and doesn’t know what lies ahead, but she doesn’t care. It’s another strong woman song.”

11. “Over You”

“Whew! That is a sad song, kind of like Anne Steele. It’s a beautiful melody. (My husband) Narvel said he loved this song. He would play the demo over and over. It’s just one of those about `I knew the day would come when we would see each other again. You look great and got on with your life, but I’m still not over you.’ It’s really sad.”

12. “Maggie Creek Road”

“We were in the studio and I was having trouble with my resonance; I wasn’t getting my soft voice at all. During lunch I saw Dr. Richard Quisling, my throat doctor in Nashville, and he opened up my sinuses or resonances or something. I came back to the studio and started singing again and Tony Brown’s mouth dropped open, `My gosh, what did he do to you?’ `He lasered out a little infection.’ I put Dr. Quisling on my album thanks-yous. He is just a miracle worker.

“I had been on the fence about this song, but Tony really wanted me to record it. While I was coming back in, I said, `Let’s do `Maggie Creek Road’ next,’ and he said, `Yes!’

“It’s about this woman who has a daughter that is almost déjà vu for this mother. The little girl is leaving with evidently an older man on a date. This is what happened to the mother 20 years ago. She isn’t going to let history repeat itself, so she follows them. They are parked down by the river and she opens the door and takes care of the situation. As the song says, `You don’t want to see Mama go to war.’ Mama was protecting her daughter. It’s one of those swampy Louisiana songs with that feel.”

13. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”

“This is a cute song. I loved it the first time I heard it. They had horns on it and I said, `Of course we’ll change it to fiddle and steel guitar.’ It’s real sassy. A woman is walking into a bar and she’s looking for a man. She sees a woman having a good time, dancing with a man. `I’ll have what she’s having… and by the way, that looks hot.’ We’ll have fun with it onstage.”

Album Chart Numbers

Billboard Top 200 - #1
Billboard Top Country Albums - #1
Billboard Digital Albums Chart - #4
Canadian Top Country Albums - #1
Canadian Albums Chart - #4

Track Listing

1. Strange
Written By: Wendell Mobley, Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher

2. Just When I Thought I’d Stopped Loving You
Written By: Mark Nesler, Rivers Rutherford

3. I Keep on Lovin’ You
Written By: Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride

4. I Want A Cowboy
Written By: Katrina Elam, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Jimmie Lee Sloas

5. Consider Me Gone
Written By: Steve Diamond, Marv Green

6. But Why
Written By: Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher

7. Pink Guitar
Written By: Ed Hill, Jamie O'Neal, Shaye Smith

8. She’s Turning 50 Today
Written By: Liz Hengber, Tommy Lee James, Reba McEntire

9. Eight Crazy Hours (In The Story Of Love)
Written By: Leslie Satcher, Darrell Scott

10. Nothing To Lose
Written By: Kim Fox

11. Over You
Written By: Michael Dulaney, Steven Dale Jones, Jason Sellers

12. Maggie Creek Road
Written By: Karen Rochelle, James Slater

13. I’ll Have What She’s Having
Written By: Jimmy Melton, Georgia Middleman

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