February 14, 2007
Pam Tillis has relaunched her website, in preparation for her upcoming album, RhineStoned, which is due in stores on April 17.
From the official press release of the album:
Rhinestoned marks the first album to be released on Stellar Cat, Pam’s own imprint. With total creative control, she let her heart lead the way toward material that she could perform honestly and emotionally. “This is an A&R-free zone,” she says, smiling. “It’s a bookend to the Dad album, except it has all new songs. It’s like a bridge between the present and the past.”
How past is this particular past? “If you look at my record collection circa 1974,” Pam answers, “you’d see Emmylou, Graham Parsons, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, Linda Ronstadt, and Neil Young. Flying Burrito Brothers – hippie country I call it – that was some of the best music that ever came out of this town. Maybe it wasn’t happening on country radio at the time but it sold record and built careers. It was the vibrant scene on the fringes of country, which was very cool – just as it is today.”
You can listen to samples from the entire album here. “Someone Somewhere Tonight” is particularly haunting, and “The Hard Way” must be her most autobiographical song since “Melancholy Child”, as she directly sings about her near-fatal car accident at 17.
The whole album sounds pretty damn good so far.