With three solo albums to her credit, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lera Lynn is returning with a new release that more than speaks to the power of collaboration. She's collaborated before on songwriting with T-Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash, and on her new album, Plays Well With Others, Lynn has taken the collaboration to the nth degree. On Plays Well, Lynn, who had an incredible career-altering moment in HBO's True Detective, teams up with eight different duet partners and seven co-writers on this stunning new collection of duets.
Almost every song on the new album is completely co-written and co-sung. Peter Bradley Adams, John Paul White, Dylan LeBlanc, Andrew Combs, Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson, and Nicole Atkins all make appearances, and worked alongside Lynn to perform and create the songs.
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MARKING THE ARRIVAL OF A STUNNING NEW VOICE FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH, ERIN RAE WILL RELEASE HER HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM PUTTING ON AIRS, JUNE 8 ON SINGLE LOCK RECORDS. PREORDER IT BY CLICKING HERE.
Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs – not to mention critical attention from the world’s top music media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, and the BBC -- is finally stepping out into the spotlight with Putting On Airs. A forthcoming NPR World Café session and a busy tour schedule, including spring support dates with the Mountain Goats and Margo Price, and an appearance at End Of The Road Festival in the UK, shows Erin Rae’s star is on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic.
Buoying the release is Rae’s reputation as an enthralling live performer, which has earned her the respect of Nashville peers and music notables alike, including Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who has signed her to his Florence, Alabama-based label, Single Lock Records. Rae joins a Single Lock roster that includes Nicole Atkins, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, and White himself, who said “When I first heard Erin’s compelling voice, I knew nothing about her. It was live, with no intro (she was opening for friends of mine), and I was instantly transfixed. I couldn’t wait to engage, and that’s something I very seldom feel, much less do. I was thrilled to find out her personality was as engaging as her voice and songs, and that she was looking for a home. I couldn’t be happier to be hitching our wagons together.”
Rae describes “Can’t Cut Loose” as “a song about romanticizing addiction in all of its forms, from substances to love and relationships. I wrote this song to that incessant longing voice in my head that tells me I need something else to make me feel different or better.”
Gifted with the unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feels fresh and wholly her own, with Putting On Airs, Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a southern singer should be. Both musically and lyrically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own experience and upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day, including her personal struggle to understand her own sexuality. According to Rae, "this album was born out of a need to do some healing work in my personal life, to address some fears, and patterns of mine and allow my true feelings to come to the surface."
The isolated environment created the perfect setting for Erin and her bandmates to track these genre-busting songs, using the chapel and other unique spaces within the cavernous building to explore new sonic boundaries, all while continuing to showcase Erin’s trademark vocals and the song-serving restraint first heard on her critically-acclaimed 2015 debut album, Soon Enough (engineered and produced by Anderson East and Mike Rinne).
The unique sound of the record is inspired by the innovative 1960s European production techniques from artists like the Beatles and Francoise Hardy, paired alongside the restraint and minimalism of modern artists like Wilco, Richard Hawley, and ≈, bridging the sonic gap between classic songwriting and a modern indie-rock ethos. The album was co-produced by engineer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Tift Merritt) and multi-instrumentalist Jerry Bernhardt. Dominic Billett also served an integral role in the collective that worked together to create the album’s innovative and varied sonic pallet, providing the perfect soundscape for Erin’s soothing vocals, bathing everything in the warmth and purity that has become her trademark sound.
Alongside “Can’t Cut Loose,” preview track “Like The First Time” was released in 2017 around her sell-out UK tour, drawing strong support from Spotify, as well as critical acclaim from British media, including the BBC and tastemakers Line Of Best Fit and Gold Flake Paint. Discussing the track, Rae explained that “I wrote this while I was kicking myself for acting against my own desires in an attempt to gain approval or validation to take the loneliness away. It just made me feel worse, which is a lesson I’ve had to relearn time and time again, and I think other folks do this, too. It’s that internal thought process of “if I just see this person one more time, maybe we’ll figure it out and make it work, and maybe I can make sure you think well of me, and speak well of me to other people.” Maybe that’s being too direct and clear, but I think so many of us have these little ulterior motives that get mixed in with attraction and lust. A driving force behind this record is the process of me trying to get honest with myself about when these feelings are at play, and waiting to act on them until I have more clarity and they feel like they are coming from a healthy place.
BELLE ADAIR ISN’T YOUR DAD’S MUSCLE SHOALS MUSIC
NEW ALBUM ‘TUSCUMBIA’ - RECORDED AT FAME STUDIOS AND PRODUCED BY TOM SCHICK (WILCO, PARQUET COURTS) – SET FOR JAN 19 ON SINGLE LOCK RECORDS
When Muscle Shoals four-piece Belle Adair recorded their new album ‘Tuscumbia,’ due out January 19 on Single Lock Records, they leaned into their hometown’s musical legacy to create a sound unlike anything that’s come out of The Shoals region before. Produced by longtime Wilco collaborator Tom Schick (Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Iron & Wine), ‘Tuscumbia’ was tracked at the hallowed FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, home to legendary sessions by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Duane Allman, and countless others, and mixed at The Loft, Wilco’s home base in Chicago. The result doesn’t so much update the Muscle Shoals sound as redefine it with chiming guitars, meditative lyrics and a breezy, blissed-out feel.
The eleven new songs on ‘Tuscumbia’ were all written by frontman Matt Green, and the album marks a massive leap forward for a band that’s already been praised by NPR for its “dreamy sound” and by SPIN for songs that “glow with a deep, dusky aura.” Both grand and intimate, far-reaching and deeply personal, ‘Tuscumbia’ is a definitive declaration of identity from a band that bucks tradition in search of their own personal truths.
While Belle Adair is rewriting what it means to be a band from Muscle Shoals, the group’s ties to their local music community run deep. Keyboardist Ben Tanner and drummer Reed Watson run Single Lock Records, which has released music by Alabama artists like St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Dylan LeBlanc, Donnie Fritts and label co-founder / multi-GRAMMY winner John Paul White. In recent years, Belle Adair has also served as something of a house band to other Single Lock artists, backing White, Fritts and others on extensive tours. Through this work, Belle Adair finds themselves at the center of one of the South’s most thriving independent music scenes, building Muscle Shoals into an artistic beacon for a new generation. ‘Tuscumbia’ is out January 19 on Single Lock Records, a full track list is below.
‘TUSCUMBIA’ TRACK LIST
Long Fade Out
See It Through
Out On The Blue
Pushing the Stone
Nicole Atkins will release "Goodnight Rhonda Lee", her latest album (and first for Single Lock Records) on July 21st! To celebrate the announcement, we've also released the title track from the record into the digital universe! Go listen at Spotify, then come right back and pre-order the record from us!
Stop by Nicole's artist page for tour dates and more info! She kicks off a tour with Old 97's this weekend... and we bet she'll be in your town before too long!
On the A-side, John takes a turn at Donnie's enduring classic, "Breakfast in Bed". On the B-side, Donnie delivers a version of John's "Simple Song" as only Donnie can.
It's two friends honoring each other on a special release, just for Record Store Day! We pressed 1000 of these, and the only way to get your hands on one is to head to your local independent record store on April 22nd!
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Nicole Atkins has announced her signing with the Florence, AL-based Single Lock Records. The acclaimed singer-songwriter is currently preparing her much-anticipated label debut, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, recorded with Fort Worth, TX’s Nile City Sound, a.k.a. producers Austin Jenkins, Josh Block, and Chris Vivion (Leon Bridges-), with additional mixing by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). Atkins’ fourth studio recording and first full-length release in nearly three years, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE will arrive later this year – please visit www.nicoleatkins.com for regular updates.
Single Lock Records is an independent record label based in Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL. Founded in 2013, Single Lock shot to international notoriety with releases from St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Dylan LeBlanc, Donnie Fritts and label co-founder John Paul White. “Nicole’s reputation speaks for itself, but we believe this record sets the stage for even bigger things in an already remarkable career,” says Single Lock label manager Reed Watson. “Nicole is a talented artist who is just finding her voice and we are excited about her future. The fact that a New Jersey girl fits so well in our Muscle Shoals home reminds us that the world is a lot bigger than our little corner. We’re proud to have her on board at Single Lock Records.”
GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, a vintage soul album inspired legendary artists like Dusty Springfield, Candi Staton, Roy Orbison and Janis Joplin, was first heralded last November with the release of “A Little Crazy,” available now on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp. Co-written with Chris Isaak, the track premiered via Brooklyn Vegan, which hailed it as “a delicate, soulful ballad.” In addition, Atkins’s stellar live performance of “A Little Crazy” was an undisputed highlight of Oscar® winner Cameron Crowe’s 2016 Showtime series, Roadies.
Atkins will celebrate GOODNIGHT, RHONDA LEE and her new relationship with Single Lock Records with a wide-ranging run of live dates, beginning next week with a much anticipated show at Fort Worth, TX’s Shipping and Receiving Bar, set for Monday, March 13th. Additional dates include a series of showcase performances at Austin, TX’s South By Southwest (SXSW), a May run supporting Old 97’s, and festival performances at such annual gatherings at Hunter Mountain, NY’s Mountain Jam (June 17th). For updates and ticket availability, please visit www.nicoleatkins.com/tour.
NICOLE AKINS – ON TOUR 2017
13 – Fort Worth, TX – Shipping and Receiving Bar
15 – Austin, TX – Shake Up @ Weather Up (Single Lock Showcase) *
15 – Austin, TX – The Parish *
17 – Austin, TX – NoiseTrade & PledgeMusic Present Frye Days *
17 – Austin, TX – The Beehive *
5 – Brooklyn, NY – Relix Presents: Brooklyn Is The Band
1 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
3 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
4 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
5 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
7 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
8 – Buffalo, NY – The Tralf
9 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival-Sanctuary
12 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
13 – Springfield, IL – Boondocks Pub
16 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
17 – Hunter Mountain, NY – Mountain Jam 2017
* South By Southwest (SXSW)
† w/Old 97’s
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