XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” by Al Green

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Al Green | photo by Erika Goldring | courtesy of the artist

Al Green has released his first new single in almost a decade, “Before The Next Teardrop Falls.” The song was originally recorded by country singer Duane Dee in 1968, and popularized by Freddy Fender in 1975.

Green recorded the song as part of Amazon’s Produced By series at Sam Phillips Studios Memphis with producer Matt Ross-Spang. The series also includes new songs by Margo Price, John Prine and William Bell.

About the session, Ross-Spang told Ann Powers of NPR Music:

“I was fortunate to have some incredible musicians for the session: Ken Coomer (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco), Chad Gamble (Jason Isbell), Al Gamble (St Paul and the Broken Bones) Dave Cousar, Dave Smith and the Reverend Charles Hodges,” he wrote. “Charles is the legendary organ player on all the classic Al Green stuff and unbeknownst to me they hadn’t played together since the 1980s! The session was already pretty special but their reunion (both musically and personally) was very profound for everyone.”

Below, listen to both versions of the song – the newly record version by Al Green (via NPR Music) and Fender’s 1975 recording.

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