Neal McCoy drops new album, 'You Don't Know Me' filled with American classics

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Neal McCoy might be best known for his country hits like "The Shake" and "They're Playin' Our Song" but the 58-year-old singer has gone in a completely new direction for his new album, "You Don't Me," which features sets from the American songbook.

"I have always been a big fan of this [style of] music. My mom and dad listened to a lot of this music as I was growing up as a kid. This album has been on my bucket list as long as I can remember," McCoy said in an exclusive interview with AOL.

"I feel to sing this kind of music, you really have to be able to interpret, phrase and deliver what the writer was trying to say. Not only are the lyrics wonderful but the chord progressions are really something special."

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Musician Neal McCoy poses for a portrait, Mar. 6, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
Neal McCoy performs at the TNN Music City News Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday, June 15, 1998. McCoy took home the entertainer of the year award. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Neal McCoy poses with the Academy's humanitarian award during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Tuesday, May 17, 2005. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LAS VEGAS, NV - May 11, 2016: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** Wayne Newton and Neal McCoy pictured performing during 'Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal' at the Windows Showroom at Ballyâs Las Vegas in Las vegas, NV on May 11, 2016. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX
LAS VEGAS, NV - May 11, 2016: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** Wayne Newton and Neal McCoy pictured performing during 'Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal' at the Windows Showroom at Ballyâs Las Vegas in Las vegas, NV on May 11, 2016. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX
GEORGE, WA - JULY 29: Neal McCoy performs on stage during the Watershed Music Festival at Gorge Amphitheatre on July 29, 2016 in George, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 24: Singer/Songwriter Neal McCoy performs at Country Thunder In Twin Lakes, Wisconsin - Day 2 on July 24, 2015 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)
TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 24: Singer/Songwriter Neal McCoy performs at Country Thunder In Twin Lakes, Wisconsin - Day 2 on July 24, 2015 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 14: Singer Neal McCoy attends a pre-show press conference during day 4 of the 2015 CMA Festival on June 14, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 14: Singer Neal McCoy performs onstage during the 2015 CMA Festival on June 14, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 03: Singer Neal McCoy performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the MGM Resorts Village on October 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 03: Singer Neal McCoy performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the MGM Resorts Village on October 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
GEORGE, WA - AUGUST 04: Singer Neal McCoy performs at Watershed Festival at The Gorge on August 4, 2013 in George, Washington. (Photo by Dana Nalbandian/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Neal McCoy attends SiriusXM's 2nd Annual 'Highway Finds' Concert at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Sara Kauss/Getty Images)
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McCoy teamed up with Grammy Award winner and producer Steve Tyrell on this project and the album's set list includes favorites like "Unforgettable" and "Dream a Little Dream." It's not a huge surprise that McCoy took a break from his classic country hits to pay homage to some of the greats -- he's been a fan since he was a kid.

"I'm a big Sinatra fan, but there were a slew of great singers like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, just to name a few," McCoy said of his childhood favorites.

In fact, he can remember the first song in this genre he ever heard and it still brings back fond memories and was a big reason he wanted to put together this album.

"One of the first songs of this era, I remember my mother singing to me as a child, 'Long Long Time.' That's the main reason it was my first choice as a definite for this project!"

McCoy shared debuted the lyric video for "You Don't Know Me," exclusively on AOL. Check out the incredible song above.

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