This Valentine's Day country singer Trisha Yearwood is taking on the classics at one of New York City's most iconic restaurants, The Rainbow Room. Diners who book a table at the legendary venue will be treated to a four-course meal and tunes from Yearwood's latest album, "Let's Be Frank," a tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Yearwood chatted with Gotham about her one-night only performance and what to expect from her album of standards.
What attracted you to the idea of doing your latest album, "Let's Be Frank," a tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra? TRISHA YEARWOOD: I’ve always wanted to make a standards record. I have loved these songs since I was a kid, watching musicals and movies with my mom. Frank is still the ultimate crooner, so it made sense to focus the album on songs he had recorded.
Was there any trepidation about taking some of the crooner's hits on? TY: Yes! I mean, he’s Frank! But nobody ever covers Sinatra and thinks they bested him. The idea is to focus on these amazing songs that have stood the test of time. They really are terrific songs to sing. It’s probably why so many artists past and present have interpreted them.
Were there any standards that didn't make the cut? TY: Well, I did have a list of about 100 songs that I had to narrow down to 12, so there are enough songs for me to do a few more records. I hope that happens!
Is it true that you even recorded the new album in the same studios Sinatra used to sing at? TY: I did record at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, in Studio A where Frank recorded many of his records. I even got to use the microphone he used, and sit on the barstool he used. It was surreal. Several of the players, including our engineer, the legendary Al Schmitt, even worked with Sinatra, so the room, definitely had the Frank vibe!
One of the songs, "For the Last Time," was co-written with your husband, Garth Brooks. What is he like as a collaborator? TY: He’s wonderful. He’s in so many songwriting hall of fames! He allows me to tell the story, and then he makes it pure poetry.
Can you give us any details on what your next album due out later this year will sound like? TY: It’s what I call a “regular Trisha record." I fall into the category of country, but I’m influenced by so many different kinds of music. I think when you hear it you will think it sounds like the Trisha you’ve grown up with, but hopefully you’ll hear some song choices that make you smile.
You've done so much already, but is there something you haven't done that you'd still like to, whether professionally or personally? TY: I have a great fascination and respect for Broadway. I’d love to be in a show, but I’m not sure I want to work that hard, haha! Those guys and gals work.
You'll be rocking the Rainbow Room this Valentine's Day in New York City. What do you hope people take away? TY: I just hope folks enjoy their evening in this iconic setting, hearing some timeless songs, and go home with a smile on their face. I know I will!