“My Roots Are Showing…”

“My Roots Are Showing…” is The Fourth Studio Album by American country singer–songwriter K. T. Oslin. It was released on October 1, 1996 via BNA Records and contained ten tracks. The album was co-produced by Oslin and Rick Will. The project contained cover versions of songs first made famous in the country and pop fields. It was Oslin’s first studio album release in six years after experiencing personal setbacks. “My Roots Are Showing…” reached peak positions on the country albums chart following its release. It would also spawn two singles issued to country radio in 1996.

1996 studio album by K. T. Oslin
“My Roots Are Showing…”
Studio album by

Released October 1, 1996 (1996-10-01)
Studio Woodland Studios
Genre
Length 36:38
Label BNA
Producer
  • K. T. Oslin
  • Rick Will
K. T. Oslin chronology
Greatest Hits: Songs from an Aging Sex Bomb
(1993)
“My Roots Are Showing…”
(1996)
Live Close By, Visit Often
(2001)
Singles from “My Roots Are Showing…”
  1. “Silver Tongue and Goldplated Lies”
    Released: July 1996

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K. T. Oslin had several years of country music success in the late 1980s with hits like “80’s Ladies,” “Hold Me” and “This Woman.” Then, in the early 1990s she took a hiatus from her music career and focused on other projects such as acting. Oslin developed a heart condition during her time off, which caused her to receive Quadruple bypass surgery in 1995. She later made a full recovery.[2]

Oslin was also contemplating a musical comeback. RCA Records executive Joe Galante had offered her a position in the A&R department, but she ultimately declined. Instead, Oslin told Galante about the possibility of recording a dance-flavored country album. However, she was reluctant about the concept and ultimately abandoned the idea when meeting with Nashville writer Robert K. Oermann. Together, the pair found songs that would make up “My Roots Are Showing..”. Oslin later stated the album’s “roots” came from music that influenced her as a recording artist and performer: bluegrass, folk and blues.[3]

Oermann and Oslin collected ten songs that would make up the album’s track listing. She had first found the songs “Down in the Valley” and “Hold Whatcha Got” before finishing finding the remainder of the album’s material.[3] All of the album’s tracks were covers of songs first made popular by other music artists and writers. Among these songs was Webb Pierce‘s “Pathway of Teardrops” and Irving Berlin‘s “I’ll See You in C-U-B-A.”[1] The album’s eventual lead single, “Silver Tongue and Goldplated Lies” was a cover of the original recording by Jan Howard in 1983. Her version had also been a single and released on her studio effort, Tainted Love.[4]

According to Bill Carpenter of Allmusic, the album’s material was a mix of dance, rock and blues. For example, Carpenter commented that “Hold Whatcha Got” “rocks so hard it could have shot straight from the Jerry Lee Lewis songbook.”[1] Oslin later brought in engineer Rick Will to help with production. Will helped find Nashville session players to perform on the project. In an 1996 interview, Oslin spoke highly of the album’s session players: “The songs and the players are the real stars here. I think everyone will copy the sounds on this record.”[3]“My Roots Are Showing…” was recorded at Woodland Studios, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Both Oslin and Will served as the project’s co-producers, according to the liner notes.[5]

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