March Madness has begun for popular Irish artist Andy Cooney, whose new album “Take Her In Your Arms” features 12 Jonathan Owens-produced recordings in the country and Irish genre. He has also just unveiled the second season of his podcast.
The album debuts on March 4, and Cooney began working on it in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. In the last 20 months he has managed to release six radio singles in Ireland, the US and the UK.
The first single is a song Cooney wrote with Nashville songwriter and producer Jeffrey Teague called “Take Me Back to Dublin (Where I Fell in Love)” followed by a song Cooney and his son Ryan wrote and recorded together in Nashville, “We’re All That Together.
Cooney then teamed up with Grammy-winning artist Larry Gatlin and they wrote and recorded “Come Tennessee Me Tonight”. “We’re All in This Together” and “Come Tennessee Me Tonight” are featured on YouTube with great videos.
In November 2020, Cooney covered the George Jones classic “Waltz of the Angels.” Still munching on the new album, in April 2021 he recorded a fun song about the Lisdoonvarna matchmaker written by Johnny and Iggy Broderick called “Looking for Love in Lisdoon”.
In July 2021, Cooney recorded and released a song written by Mike Scott of The Waterboys, “In Search of a Rose”, which was the fourth most requested song on Carlow FM for 2021.
His latest single, “She Thinks I Still Care”, a revived version of the George Jones classic, was released on February 15. The album was finally completed in January.
The title track, “Take Her In Your Arms” is an exciting recording written by legendary Scottish singer and songwriter Andy M. Stewart. Other tracks include new songs, including “Keep the Tradition Alive” by Irish American singer-songwriter Tommy Mulvihill about his experience growing up in the Bronx in an Irish neighborhood in the 1960s.
Cooney also recorded a Country and Irish version of Chris Stapleton’s “Starting Over” and a beautiful song called “My Belfast Love” written by Finbar Magee.
Cooney’s brand of music has captured the hearts of Irish music lovers across America for the past 35 years and now recently in Ireland. The CD is available in Ireland from SharpeMusic.com and local stores that sell CDs, and in America AndyCooney.com. It will also be available for download on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and most streaming platforms.
Elsewhere, Cooney’s New York Irish Music Hour podcast returned for its second season on February 19. He says of his surprise success: “Isn’t it funny how you get through a horrible experience like the Covid -19 pandemic that great things can come out of it? This is exactly what happened to me.
“With no gigs on the schedule and nothing else to do but drive my wife crazy, I decided out of the blue to record a music radio show featuring my favorite Irish music. I pitched it on Buzzsprout.com in February 2021 as a podcast and I released it.
“I couldn’t believe the reaction I got. It inspired me to discover all the new Irish music and listen to all the new Irish artists. I was hooked. I ended up doing 25 episodes .
“As the concerts start to come back, I will do my best to continue the podcast and have a new show every 10 days.”
*This column first appeared in the March 2 edition of the weekly Irish Voice, IrishCentral’s sister publication.