Audacious new album due Aug. 18 via Fantasy
Grace Potter, “one of the greatest living voices in rock today” (SPIN), will release her fifth studio LP, “Mother Road,” via Fantasy Records on Aug. 18. An audacious and heart-pounding map of the soul, “Mother Road” finds Grace deconstructing her deepest fears and darkest regrets, charting the fallout with brutal honesty and emotional daring.
Today, she shares the first single, the inviting, irresistibly twangy title track, “Mother Road.” Listen here, and watch the track’s official video, a phenomenal “Pulp Fiction” meets “Thelma and Louise”-styled romp here. Preorder “Mother Road” here.
On the meaning of “Mother Road,” Potter said, “In ‘Grapes of Wrath,’ John Steinbeck called Route 66 the ‘The Mother of all roads ... the road of flight.’ As I zeroed out my odometer and started west on my road trip across the U.S., I hoped that driving the road of flight would give me a bird’s eye view of my life. But it didn’t take long to realize that I was not flying; I was running away. In the solitude, I found myself smashing open the piggy bank of deeply buried memories. Those gems of my real-life exploits spilled into my creative consciousness and emboldened me to write an album that reaches far beyond what actually happened – launching me down the alternate-reality roads of what could have happened.”
Watch the “Mother Road” album trailer: here
Produced by Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Nickel Creek) and recorded at RCA’s famed Studio A in Nashville and Topangadise in Topanga, California, “Mother Road” follows Potter’s 2019’s acclaimed, two-times-Grammy-nominated album, “Daylight.” Throughout the album’s 10 original tracks, Potter, along with contributions from a top-flight band including guitarist Nick Bockrath, bassist Tim Deaux, drummer Matt Musty, pedal steel guitarist Dan Kalisher and keyboardist Benmont Tench, commands an expansive soundscape of soulful rock, roots, funk, country and R&B.
“Mother Road’s” myriad high points include the searing “Ready Set Go,” which ricochets with stinging slide guitar and attitude to burn; “Lady Vagabond,” a paean to antiheroines everywhere; the self-deceptive “Rose Colored Rearview”; the spirit-purifying “All My Ghosts”; and the album’s wild, theatrical finale, “Masterpiece.” At the album’s center is “Little Hitchhiker,” a beautifully detailed story-song co-written by superstar songwriter Natalie Hemby, which poignantly reimagines the time 9-year-old Potter ran away from home, a profound experience that sparked much of “Mother Road’s” narrative.
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