Title - Get Out Of Your Own Way
Artist - Evie Sands
For those unaware, Evie Sands sought inspiration as she got in gear for a long-awaited new album after a two-decade wait. I was in a meditation, a thing I only do once in a while, she says. And these words came to me: Forgive yourself. Get out of your own way. All will follow.
Putting that into practice, she got home and within hours had the song that would become the title track and philosophy of her new release, Get Out of Your Own Way, due out April 23rd, 2021 on R-Spot Records.
While elements of pop, rock, soul, country and Americana float in and out of the songs and performances in varying forms, Sands brings such a distinctive blend reflecting her own voracious tastes and open-eared feelings about music that it is impossible to peg any genre labels anywhere on these songs, or on her, and wrong to try.
I have never chased trends or let that define me, she says. It is the never-ending quest to be true to myself as an artist and to what is inspiring for me. It is like when I was two and listening to the radio and just turning the dial R&B and soul and blues without walls. That thrilled me! It is who I am.
1. The Truth is in Disguise
2. Lovin You Enough
3. Dont Hold Back
4. Beautiful Lie
5. My Darkest Days
6. Get Out of Your Own Way
7. Another Night
8. Leap of Faith
9. After Tonight
10. Scandal Du Jour
11. If You Give Up
12. Dont Look Back, Dont Look Down
More than a collection of songs, this is an album with an arc, with interconnected stories to tell, the way classic albums used to be made, and opens on the robust heartbreak rocker The Truth is in Disguise and continues seamlessly onward with the yearningly hopeful Lovin You Enough, the fleet-footed foot-tapper Dont Hold Back, the optimistic break up ditty Beautiful Lie, and then both the dulcet strength of being within My Darkest Days and the Summer day, top down, window-leaning title track Get Out of Your Own Way are brought forth.
Next up is the guitar-driven AOR of Another Night and the gentle pop vocal sensibilities together with late 60s guitar-imbibed Leap of Faith which are in turn backed by Sands ode to heartbreak within After Tonight, with the album rounding out on the addictively mid-tempo, cultural critique of Scandal Du Jour, the inspirational If You Give Up, closing on one of Evies live set favorites (making its recorded debut here), the early 70s-infused pop hipsway of Dont Look Back, Dont Look Down.
Her early career, famously, was marked by several coulda-beens - she made the original recordings of Take Me For a Little While, I Cant Let Go and Angel of the Morning, releases tripped up due to various music business failures and treacheries.
But Sands built a following among top figures in the music world, including Johnny Cash, who invited her to perform on his TV show in 1969, saying that she has silver bells in her voice electricity in her fingers.
Her subsequent single, Any Way That You Want Me, broke through, residing 17 weeks on the charts and racking up over half a million sales.
Evies journey, and guidance from such mentors as producer-songwriters Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni, and veteran Ben Weisman (Elvis Presleys go-to tunesmith), gave her the determination and the tools to take charge of her own art and destiny.
She stepped up as a songwriter with the very first self-penned song she recorded, Its This I Am, on her watershed album Any Way That You Want Me. It is a testimony to her innate acumen and taste for enduring emotional and musical connection.
Get Out of Your Own Ways 12 originals represent a welcome outburst of creativity from Evie that is fresh and familiar, vintage and vital.
It signals a full-tilt return from this seemingly elusive, singer-songwriter/guitar-slinger. Concurrent with this albums release comes a new association with Warner Chappell Music to represent her songs for a full range of exposure.
Presently not being able to tour in support, Sands has new music always in the works and plans are being imagined for future recordings and collaborations.
Evie Sands and band cannot wait to be socially present again, to get back on stage once possible, and perform it all live, like life depends on it.
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