Grammy-winning R&B icon Al Green has released “Before the Next Teardrop Falls," his first new song in 10 years as part of Amazon Music's new Amazon Original "Produced By" series. The “Produced By” series teams up producers with top artists from various genres to create exclusive, new recordings for Amazon Music. Matt Ross-Spang, who produced "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," is the executive producer of the "Produced By" series. The song was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. Green has not released new music since the 2008 album Lay It Down. Other "Produced By" episodes feature Margo Price, John Prine and William Bell.
The musicians on Green's "Before the Teardrop Falls" are Ken Coomer on drums, Dave Smith on Bass, Chad Gamble on congas, Al Gamble on Wurlitzer, Davis Cousar on electric guitar, Ross-Spang on acoustic guitar, and Rev. Charles Hodges on the B3 organ. The track also features Susan Marshall and Reba Russell on backing vocals and a horn section of Jim Spake, Marc Franklin and Art Edmaiston.
Ross Spang commented in a statement: "As a lifelong Memphian, I’ve always been a massive fan of Al Green and his producer Willie Mitchell ... I’ve always loved the Linda Martell version of ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ and kept it back pocket as a great cover idea for him ... I still can’t believe we actually got to do it!”