Teddy Thompson has shared “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” featuring harmony vocals by Vince Gill (listen/share here). It’s the second single from his eighth studio album, ‘My Love Of Country’, to be released in the UK on August 18th. The song, written by Bill Anderson, was initially a hit for Charlie Louvin in 1964, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard “Hot Country Singles” chart. It’s one of ten classic country songs by songwriters like Buck Owens, Hank Cochran, Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker and even Teddy’s own father, Richard Thompson, featured on the forthcoming collection.
“Country music has been inescapable for me, a recurring theme. At the age of 10 or 11, that’s the first thing I heard where my ears pricked up and I’m like, ‘Oh, this is music? I like this,'” says Thompson. “In fact, the second single from the album, has two of the best lines ever written, ‘I don’t love you anymore, trouble is, I don’t love you any less.’”
The simplicity of classic country has been a big part of Thompson’s own sound as an artist, which The New York Times called “beautifully finessed” and NPR hailed as “the musical equivalent of an arrow to the heart.” Back in 2007, he explored his roots with ‘Up Front and Down Low’, an album of Nashville golden era favorites. And now he’s picked up the thread again.
“The goal was to do it in the way that country records I love – mostly from the ’60s – were made,” says Thompson. “Everything was mapped out, with charts and string parts in place. The musicians came in, and we cut the songs the way they did back then. We just blazed through them.”