Title - Frontiers Woman
Artist - Angela Autumn
For those unaware, Americana/folk singer-songwriter Angela Autumn is set to release her new album, Frontiers Woman, on June 4th, 2021.
A guitar player by trade who also plays clawhammer banjo, Autumn originally hails from Zelienople, Pennsylvania but now calls Nashville home.
Like the weathered Appalachian mountain peaks of her home, her voice yodels, cascades, and breaks with emotion. Accompanied by an often-droning guitar, a homespun sensibility is the center of Autumns lyrical craft.
From the carefree whooping and bluegrass elements in the albums jaunty kiss-off opener Old Time Lovers, to the slow, Latin shuffle of Gods Green Earth, to the Laurel Canyon elements in Texas Blue Jeans, her music freely wanders the backroads of American music.
Mining the emotional roller coaster of life and telling stories from an empowered female perspective, Autumns lyric-heavy songs on Frontiers Woman create a cohesive whole centered around nomadic ways.
Frontiers Woman is about a young woman who is traveling, says Autumn. This young person is examining their life in relation to a map, and where she wants to go. What is the cost of being a pioneer when no one else believes in what you are doing? When no one else understands -- and you do not even understand -- are you going to keep moving towards your dreams?
1. Old Time Lovers
2. Sowin Seeds
3. Gods Green Earth
5. Back in Line
6. Fine Blue Sky
7. Texas Blue Jeans
Opening on the carefree, tantalizing, finding-the-truth storytelling gossamer of Old Time Lovers and the banjo and fiddle-driven Sowin Seeds, next up is the delightful two-step twirl of Gods Green Earth and then we get the low slung tale of reckoning with depression, Shooter.
Up next is the seasoned troubadour-imbibed Back in Line which is itself followed by the gentle foot-tapper about exploring the limits of self-liberation within Fine Blue Sky, with the new album closing on the mid-tempo, upbeat melodies of Texas Blue Jeans.
Helping Autumn on her journey toward her dreams, demo collaborations with pals Nick Harley (S.G. Goodman) on guitar and Kate Haldrup (Lilly Hiatt) on drums were the genesis of Frontiers Woman with the initial three songs: Old Time Lovers, Sowin Seeds, and Gods Green Earth.
he trio began to record the album in late 2019, with Autumn at the helm as producer and Haldrup engineering. Frontiers Woman is her first self-produced album. I had much more agency just in having more time to think and be immersed in the process, Autumn says of producing the record.
Working with a female engineer was just a different experience. With the records release delayed by the events of 2020, Autumn had time to overdub some of the songs, adding Wilco-esque drums and electric guitars to the initial arrangements.
It also gave her time to add three more songs: Back in Line, Texas Blue Jeans, and Fine Blue Sky.
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