Appalachian singer Oliver Anthony, known for his viral hit “Rich Men North of Richmond,” has announced the release of his debut album, “Hymnal of a Troubled Man’s Mind,” produced by Dave Cobb. The album includes nine previously released songs in a new studio recording, as well as a new track titled “Momma’s Been Hurting.” Notably, the album features Anthony reciting biblical verses between songs, reflecting his faith, despite not attending church regularly.

The album is being released independently by Anthony, who believes in getting a proper recording of his meaningful songs before moving on to new material. He describes the album as the story of his life from 2013 to 2023 and encourages listeners to listen to it from start to finish in a quiet place. While “Rich Men North of Richmond” brought him public recognition, Anthony sees the new album as the true foundation of his music that has carried him through life.

The album includes re-recordings of songs like “Rich Man’s Gold,” “Doggonit,” and “I’ve Got to Get Sober,” all originally recorded in a field-recording format. Anthony explains that these recordings were like rough drafts he uploaded to safeguard his songs before playing them at open mics. With the album’s release, he feels he has completed these early songs and can move on to releasing new material.

Anthony plans to release freshly penned songs soon after the album’s release. He will also be giving a benefit concert on Easter at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia, which will be livestreamed for free on his social media channels. The concert will encourage donations to a food outreach program run by Beacon Hill Church. Despite major labels showing interest in signing him after his viral success, Anthony has chosen to stay independent and release his music on his own terms.

The debut album, “Hymnal of a Troubled Man’s Mind,” represents a personal and vulnerable look into Anthony’s heart and soul. The album’s release on Easter, a major religious holiday, adds to its unique nature. Anthony hopes that listeners will connect with the music on a deep level and appreciate the raw emotions and experiences that he has poured into the songs. By reciting biblical verses and sharing his faith, Anthony invites listeners to reflect on their own journey and struggles while listening to the album.

Overall, the debut album marks a significant milestone for Oliver Anthony, allowing him to share a more polished version of his earlier songs with his fans. By recapturing the essence of his music and offering a window into his life story, the album serves as a testament to his growth and evolution as an artist. With plans to release new material in the near future, Anthony continues to evolve creatively and connect with his audience in meaningful ways.

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