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Bulger's Beat: Punk rocker turned producer gives new take on Eddy Arnold

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A salute to country music legend Eddy Arnold from some unlikely musicians who are young enough to be his grandsons is making one Nashville project unique.

The sounds that came with an Arnold song made his records unmistakable for eight decades, but Music Row producer Cheetah Chrome doesn't want it to stop there.

"His voice was just amazing. He could sing any song, and he really had good taste in picking songs. And he really wrote good songs," Chrome said.

The country crooner's tunes weren't quite the songs Chrome was singing in the 1970s as he performed on stage in New York with his punk rock band the Dead Boys.

But, 40 years later, he's enamored with Arnold.

Now available on Plowboy Records, the album You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold gives new life to Arnold's songs in tribute form from some unlikely artists.

The idea is that good music lives on, and Jason Ringenberg from the Scorchers or Bobby Bare Jr. prove it with their takes on Arnold originals.

"Doing my research for the project, I had to immerse myself in Eddy Arnold's stuff, and I'm glad I did. It's just amazing," Chrome said.

It's high praise from the one-time punk rocker still doing today what he was doing back then - only, this time, it's with Eddy Arnold.

"Playing music that I love and having fun," Chrome said.

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