It seems more press and industry folks are hearing the material now.
@brian_mansfield 2m (of USA Today) Getting to hear five tracks from Jennifer Nettles solo project today.
It was also confirmed that Sugarland's lead guitarist and band leader, Scott Patton, will be touring with Jennifer on her radio tour. His wife posted he was practicing the new material of Jennifer's in preparation. He also tweeted about heading out with new music that everyone wanted to hear a few days prior.
Lastly a few promotional pictures from this project:
Jennifer Nettles of country duo Sugarland previewed some of her new solo music for members of the media Tuesday at a studio in her new hometown of Nashville. Nettles recorded the songs with famed producer Rick Rubin at his studio in Malibu, Calif. The tracks — which she co-wrote with writers including pop rock writer/artists Butch Walker and Richard Marx and proven country hit writers Tim Owens and Derek George — are minimally produced and often have a ’70s vibe.
“I wanted this record to breathe and be sparse and not be a wall of sound,” Nettles said from behind the mixing board after sharing five of her new songs. “I wanted it to be emotional and raw. You can perfect and Pro Tools the God right out of a piece of art. I didn’t want that.” Instead, she says, she was going for “a little vintage smack” and even covered Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” after Rubin suggested she include a song from the ’70s era. When he brought up Seger’s name, Nettles was completely on board and excited to put a female spin on his classic rock song.
Other songs include “Fallen,” which she wrote seated behind a piano last fall while extremely pregnant with her son Magnus. “Know You Want to Know” is about social media and the tabloid culture, and Nettles’ new single, “That Girl,” was written from the perspective of the other woman — who didn’t realize she was the other woman. “I started turning the ship in this direction about three years ago,” Nettles explains. “I (didn’t want) to stagnate and turn into a caricature of an artist. I wanted to put something out that was fresh, and to me, exciting.”
“That Girl” will be released to country radio in August.
It might have been a rainy morning in Nashville, but Jennifer Nettles' mood was quite the opposite on Monday morning. The singer played five tracks from her forthcoming debut solo album for an invite only crowd at HOB Studios. She says the album touches on the very diverse list of her musical influences. "I think this album plays to my roots," she told the crowd. "There's country, gospel, 70s music, singer-songwriter stuff, as well. It has been a joy to get to explore those parts of myself. I'm excited and nervous at the same time – all of those things you are when something is important to you." Nettles recorded the album at Shangri La Studios in Malibu. "That was not a bad way to go into the office everyday," she quipped, saying that the ambiance was great – both inside and out. "It was just beautiful being there at the beach, and then the history of the studio. It was owned by Bob Dylan, and went through different hands over the past few years."
Producing the album was Rick Rubin, whom Nettles had nothing but the highest amount of praise for. "He was super-active in the recording. He's very much a rhythm track guy, and I think that's a big part of his background. Frankly, one of the two most important major elements of music is the rhythm and the melody. He's really focused on all these things." Nettles said that making the record was a very special experience. "When we first started our dialogue, I sent him over some songs – really sparse, just one accompaniment instrument and the vocals. He likes to hear it that way, and he wanted to hear it that way too. He could get attached to the song that way in those elements, and not have thoughts about how someone else might think they should be produced." If nothing else, Nettles said the aim they took in the studio was to make an album that was personal and intimate. "Technology is so great that you can make things perfect. You can Pro Tools it, auto-tune it, and sometimes technology the human part out of it. I didn't want that for this record – for it to be one big wall of sound with double guitars playing the same part. I wanted there to be space, nuances, emotion, and spirit. The songs all breathe as they should," she said, noting that there's nothing wrong with those elements. "They are great tools to have when you need to use them, but I didn't want that for this record."
The first single from the project will be "That Girl," which she penned with an old friend. "I wrote that with Butch Walker. He's out of Atlanta, and used to be in a band called Marvelous 3. He's such a talented musician, and we've known each other for years – since I started out in the Atlanta scene. Everybody kind of runs the same circuit, so there's definitely a songwriting community there like there is in Nashville. But, we had never worked together, so I reached out to him and said 'Hey, I'm doing this new record. Do you want to get together and try to write?" Nettles says the song could also be the flip side of one of Dolly Parton's classic records. "This song has kind of ended up being ‘The Ballad of Jolene.' It wasn't intended that way, as the concept was saying ‘I don't want to end up being that girl.' This woman has obviously been bamboozled, and it wasn't her plan going in. When she found out there was somebody else, she called and told her that it wasn't really her fault." However, as the two continued to write the song, it took on a different feel. "That idea presented itself of 'What if it was Jolene calling and saying 'I really don't want your man. This is not who I want to be. I want to let you know I'm not that girl, but he's being that guy.' It was really fun, and I love the rhythm track. The claps you hear on it, we were listening to references of 'Cecilia' by Simon & Garfunkel and have that clap with a delay on there. It was fun and rhythmic, but you also hear that Johnny Cash pickin' style. That track was super Rick Rubin."
^ None aired on the radio. It was just a private show done at lunch time. There was no video taken either due to a strict no-video policy she put in place for right now. I just assume it's due to her wanting to get comfortable with things since this show was only her second radio tour stop, she has another show tonight though with another station. First show though was last night in Chattanooga.
For anyone interested non-music related - the station posted a picture of Jennifer's little boy, Magnus, from the show. Not the greatest but it's nice to see he was there, even if he is only seven and a half months old. Anyway, the picture -
ETA: Someone posted on fb to Kicks, the first show of the day, with this "The show was great - CANNOT WAIT for her album to come out in January!!!" Looks like October release isn't happening and the album is now pushed to January unless that person misheard or misunderstood. To my understanding she recorded the whole thing over the span of April and May. All that needed to be done was mixing and well, promoting the single. So hopefully the single takes off and the album will be moved up.
Just like her Grammy-winning duo, Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles isn’t confined by genre boundaries. When writing for her upcoming solo album—which she began doing three years ago—the vocal powerhouse fused a melting pot of influences into her work. But the result is undoubtedly a project country radio will embrace.
“This record speaks a lot to my roots; there’s country, gospel, singer/songwriter and '70s influence,” Jennifer told Country Weekly and a small group of other music journalists at a recent party previewing the new album. “While I was leaving myself open, country radio is my home and is so good to me that I’m thrilled that it went this way. Not that I wouldn’t have been excited otherwise, I just wanted to honor what this new creative venture would be. But I’m not surprised it’s country with echoes of other influences in my musical past.”
The album’s first single is a nod to country music’s past. “That Girl,” co-written by Jennifer and longtime friend Butch Walker, is a song from the point of view of the “other woman” and name-checks the most famous fictional mistress in music. “There’s a line in there that says, ‘He didn’t call for me, he didn’t say Jolene,’” the singer explains of the tune. “It’s the story of a woman who doesn’t realize that the person she’s just been with has somebody else. Then when she does, she calls her immediately and says, ‘I don’t want to be that girl. I don’t want your man.’ Hypothetically, what if this was the answer to [Dolly Parton’s] ‘Jolene’? What would her voice say? What was she like? It would be interesting to hear that side.”
Another standout track on the album showcases a different songwriting side to pop balladeer Richard Marx. The “Right Here Waiting” singer teamed with Jennifer on what she calls the album’s “barnburner,” a song called “Know You Want to Know.” The clever, up-tempo tune is about the absurdities of social media and dirt-digging journalism. Jennifer jokes that Richard is most pleased with the way the song turned out, since no one would ever guess he wrote it. Other songs previewed at the small gathering in Nashville were a stripped-down cover of Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock,” a heartbreaking ballad called “Me Without You” and a touching tune, "Fallen," that Jennifer wrote solo while “very pregnant” with her now 7-month-old son, Magnus. The latter is a song that has other artistic counterparts, as the singer likens its making to a game of “musical telephone.” She was sent a photograph and was asked to use it as inspiration for a song. Then she sent the song to an artist who created a painting based on “Fallen.” The painter then sent her work to a fragrance creator, and the list of related projects goes on from there.
With all of the different themes and influences on the album, Jennifer explains that the one element that ties it all together is its organic sound. She credits legendary producer Rick Rubin with helping her achieve a raw feel to the music, as he strayed away from too many bells and whistles. “It’s a performing art that’s meant to be experienced live,” Jennifer insists. “To capture that live performance sound is sometimes elusive, especially with technology now, because you can Pro Tools it and AutoTune it to death, and then you take the God right out of it.”
“That Girl” will hit country radio Aug. 19, with the full album’s release date not yet determined. As for the project’s title, Jennifer laughs that choosing it has been the hardest part, but she does have an idea. “I’m in a real place of gratitude in my life, just having started a family, and then this record has been an enriching time in my life. I’m thinking the title might reflect that.”
This may not do all that well. That's purely based off of my first impression and it may grow on me, but I can't see myself loving this, nor can I see this doing well, which is disappointing because I've been waiting ages for new Jennifer Nettles material.
Strange comparison, but this reminds me of Jessica Simpson's "These Boots Are Made For Walking"...
The first show is a free charity event with Jeff Hanna of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Boston show her headlining it with Eric Paslay and Chris Stapleton Baltimore is a guitar pull show with Kellie Pickler, Cassadee Pope and Sheryl Crow Augusta is a guitar pull show with Randy Houser, Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line.
Post by Kanenrá:ke Stacey on Oct 7, 2013 12:12:55 GMT -5
She looks so good with the dark hair I kinda wish she'd go ahead and keep it like that. (Yes I know it's a wig but still...)
I'm loving the video and the single I'm just hoping that it can start taking off a bit better, I was originally hoping for a #1 but at this point I'll be happy with a peak similar to Sheryl Crow's "Easy"
I think the reason she looks so good with the dark is she is a natural brunette. She said a few years ago she was but had been blonde for so long now that she was afraid to back to her natural shade. It's not as dark as the wig but more light brown from the pictures I have seen of her from early on some of her throwback thursday/flashback friday from her youth you can see it. Some of the pictures I have seen from her college years are darker than her normal blonde. I agree, I loved the dark look on her. Have been saying for a few years that she needed to go natural with her hair color though she pulls off the blonde she has now.
I meant to add these before. But here are videos from songs that have been confirmed to be on the album outside of That Girl. There is one other song she covered, Like a Rock, that is confirmed but she hasn't performed it live yet.
I loved their voices together and hate the ABC basically tries to act like that show and the contestants didn't exist. But I don't think they'll be anything with him on the album. He wasn't in LA at all when she recorded for two months and he would have had to been to record with her. I'm a follower of him and he is very into sharing everything with everyone - travel, day to day stuff, etc. I would love something from them but I don't think it happened here.
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