You may not have seen [lastfm]Smokey Robinson[/lastfm]‘s latest CD, “Now And Then.” That’s because it’s not available in stores! You can ONLY buy it at Cracker Barrel restaurants. I’m lucky enough to have a Cracker Barrel within walking distance of my home. After a big meal, it’s wise to walk it off!
(Courtesy of CrackerBarrel.com)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is pleased to let you know that R&B legend and American icon Smokey Robinson’s newest CD, Now and Then, is now available. The CD features 12 songs. Six are live versions of classics you probably already love, including “Going to a Go-Go,” “I Second That Emotion,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” and “The Tears of a Clown,” recorded in 2010 during various performances. The other six are from his 2009 CD, Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, including “Time Flies,” “Don’t Know Why,” and “Girlfriend.” Now and Then serves up smooth ballads and some of the classic Motown hits that made Smokey Robinson one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history of popular music. It is available now, only at Cracker Barrel.
Now and Then is the first release by an R&B artist in the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program, best known for featuring country and bluegrass artists. While country music is and will continue to be an important part of the program, working with Smokey Robinson was an ideal opportunity to expand the exclusive music program, according to Senior Vice President of Marketing Chris Ciavarra. “Fifty years ago, Smokey Robinson helped create the ‘Motown Sound’ and changed pop music forever. Today, Smokey’s music continues to have widespread appeal across generations of music lovers. Cracker Barrel has millions of guests who enjoy all kinds of music, so it’s a great fit,” said Chris. “We’re pleased to offer Now and Then and we think our guests are really going to enjoy it. Smokey sounds just as amazing now as he did then.”
Smokey Robinson has logged 37 Top 40 hits in his career and has received a number of significant awards, including a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy® for “Best R&B Performance, Male,” and the Soul Train Music Award for Career Achievement. He has been inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has also received the prestigious Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award from ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Smokey Robinson has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame both as a solo artist and with his group, The Miracles. He received a Kennedy Center honor in 2006 and is the sterling pen and satin voice behind such mega hits as “Shop Around,” “Tracks of My Tears,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Tears of a Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “Going to a Go-Go,” among many others.
“I am glad to have my new CD, Now and Then, available exclusively at Cracker Barrel,” said Smokey. “I think many of my fans are also Cracker Barrel fans, and having my CD available when they come in to have a meal will please them. With almost 600 locations and a website, I am confident that my fans will be able to get this CD easily, and that’s important these days when places that sell music are becoming rarer.”