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Martina McBride Debuts ‘Little Bit of Rain’ From New Album

Martina McBride‘s latest album, ‘Everlasting,’ a collection of her favorite soulful cover songs, won’t be released until April 8, but the singer is giving fans a sneak peek of the new set of tunes.

McBride has released one of the songs, ‘Little Bit of Rain,’ from the upcoming project. The song, originally recorded by folk singer Fred Neil, has been one of her favorite songs for most of her life.

“‘Little Bit of Rain’ is a less well-known song than some of the others on the album,” she tells Country Weekly. “I remember hearing Linda Ronstadt’s version of it when I was a teenager. We wanted to do a very simple, acoustic-style arrangement and it’s a little more bluesy than the original by Fred Neil.”

Other songs on the record include Aretha Franklin’s ‘Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,’ The Supremes’ ‘Come See About Me’ and Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.’ But while the Kansas native is putting her own spin on some of the classic hits, she insists it’s not a karaoke record.

“It’s an instinct thing,” she explains of how she interpreted each song. “You don’t want it to sound exactly like the original and then you don’t also want to make it so different that it’s unrecognizable because these songs are sacred to a lot of people.”

McBride also released her version of Elvis Presley‘s ‘Suspicious Minds,’ which appears on the new record. Listen to it here. Pre-order ‘Everlasting’ here.

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