Includes duets of re-recorded country hits with Marty Raybon of Shenandoah, T. Graham Brown, and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart

Pre-save 1989 NOW at 

May 17 & 18 Nashville media days on Music Row announced; open house & scheduled interviews available. For times & location, please email

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country singer and native Texan Sammy Sadler will release his highly anticipated new album 1989, on June 11 by BFD/Audium Nashville ( The new collection of songs accentuates the sounds of a time when Sadler was first making his debut as a critically-acclaimed newcomer to Nashville, until an assassination plot commonly referred to as the “Murder On Music Row” brought his music career to a halt.  

“It is such an honor to re-record some of the most memorable and greatest songs from an era which I think was one of the best ever,” Sammy said. “To have some of the original artists on this record with me is both humbling, and an honor.” 

Sadler teamed up with several iconic country music hit makers from the late eighties on 1989, most notably a duet with Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon for a fresh take of the upbeat “The Church On Cumberland Road,” which exclusively premiered by Country Rebel (click to watch) in April

“Again, ‘The Church On Cumberland Road’ makes another trip around the block,” said Marty Raybon. “It’s full of excitement and fun with my friend Sammy Sadler. It was an honor to be part of his new project. It is a give ear to, and turn it up.”

Sammy also duets with country soul hit maker T. Graham Brown for a revitalized re-recording of “Darlene,” a song which spent 21 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, reaching the #1 spot on November 4, 1988. 

Sadler also recruited Larry Stewart of Restless Heart to re-record another notable track on the album, “The Bluest Eyes In Texas.” Another song which reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, Sadler and Stewart give the ballad a healthy reboot which will please the ears of country music fans everywhere.

“Thank you Marty, Larry, and T. Graham for your talent and contribution to Country Music,” Sadler continued. “Much love to you all!” 

Album Name: 1989
Release date: June 11, 2021
Label / Distribution: BFD Audium Nashville / The Orchard
Executive Produces: Buddy Hyatt, Greg Cole, Chuck Rhodes, Sammy Sadler
Official Videos:Church On Cumberland Road
Media & Radio Preview: 

1989 Track Listing & Songwriters:

  1. “Tell It Like It Is” (Richard George Davis JR, Lee Diamond)                            
  2. “Church On The Cumberland Road” (Bob De Piero, Dennis Anthony Robbins, John Scott Sherrill)
    Featuring Marty Raybon of Shenandoah
  3. “The Bluest Eyes In Texas” (Van Wesley Stephenson, Dave Robbins, Tim Dubois)
    Featuring Larry Stewart of Restless Heart
  4. “I Can’t Get Close Enough” (Sonny Lemaire, James Pennington)                                                   
  5. “Darlene” (Michael Geiger, Ricky Rector, Woodrow Mullis)
    Featuring T. Graham Brown
  6. “I Should Be With You” (Steve Noel Wariner)
  7. “She’s Crazy For Leaving” (Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell)
  8. “I Know A Place” (Harry Stinson, Tommy Lee James)

About Sammy Sadler:
In 1989, Sammy Sadler, an acclaimed newcomer to the country music scene, found chart success with a cover of Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is” on Evergreen Records. His follow up single “You Made It Easy” charted as well, but as he was gearing up to release his debut album, Sadler was wounded in the unfortunate murder of Cash Box magazine chart director Kevin Hughes. It took almost a decade for him to recover and release new music, starting with his 2004 release Hard On A Heart on the Tri Label. The title track charted in the Top 10 on the Texas Music Chart as well as No. 1 in Europe for multiple weeks. Sadler released another album, Heart Shaped Like Texas in 2009 on Audium Records. After Audium transitioned to Koch Records before being sold to E1, he found success with “I’ll Always Have Denver” featuring Steve Wariner and “No Place To Land,” but that was where it ended for Sadler when E1 closed. Since then, he has continued to tour with Doug Stone in 2012 and Ken Mellons and Jeff Carson on the “Taking The Country Back Tour” in 2015. He has had 4 Top 15 records on the Texas Music Chart and was named Male Vocalist for Dallas/Fort Worth in 1993. Sadler returned in 2019 to release a book recounting the famous “Murder on Music Row.” He is releasing his new album 1989 on June 11 by way of BFD Audium Nashville. Sammy’s story is far from over, in fact, it’s just beginning.

About Bob Frank Distribution (BFD):
Bob Frank Distribution (BFD) was formed in 2013 as a boutique independent music distributor with a global sub-distribution arrangement with the Orchard. BFD currently represents over 50 labels and artists with thousands of masters including earMUSIC, Charly, Absolute, Righteous Babe, BlueHat, DPTV, Astor Place Recordings, Big Deal Records, Once Upon A Time Music, Node Records, Cleveland International Records, Peak Records, Woodward Avenue Records, The Atlantic Screen Group (Filmtrax), REMT, PRA/Bad Dog, and UFO, as well as artist owned labels and catalogs including Crystal Gayle, Dale Watson, Dave Davies, Anthony Gomes, Mark Collie, Darryl Worley, Lee Roy Parnell, Trini Lopez and many others. Visit more information, visit

# # #

Sammy Sadler Contacts:
Media & PR: Jason W. Ashcraft | |  (615) 991-1125
Record Label: Chuck Rhodes |

Photo Assets:

[Download JPG]

[Download JPG]

[Download JPG]