Lera Lynn Plays Well With Others, A Duets Album With John Paul White, Shovels & Rope, Rodney Crowell And More, Out June 22nd on Single Lock Records
Hear “Lose Myself”, featuring John Paul White, at NPR Music
June 22nd album release show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville with duet partners to stream via WMOT, World Café from NPR Music and VuHaus
April 26, 2018 – Lera Lynn will release her new duets album Plays Well With Others on June 22nd via Single Lock Records. Plays Well With Others is a unique duets album — one in which nearly every song is completely co-written and co-sung. Peter Bradley Adams, John Paul White, Dylan LeBlanc, Andrew Combs, Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson, and Nicole Atkins all make appearances, working alongside Lynn not only to perform these songs, but to create them, too.
"Songwriting can be such a personal process; in the past I have tended to do it alone," Lynn admits. “With this record, I wanted to get outside of my own writing corner. I have access to a great community of writers and singers in Nashville, and it became an exciting challenge to sit down with some friends and say, 'Let's write a duet — one that maybe hasn't been written before — and then record it together.' This was an important thing for me to do as an artist: to open myself up to other people and have some fun.”
Lynn recorded Plays Well With Others at John Paul White's studio, Sun Drop Sound, in Florence, Alabama. There — with Lynn, White, and the Alabama Shakes' Ben Tanner all serving as co-producers — she tracked nine songs in a series of live takes. Looking to add some sonic framework to an album whose tracklist was vast and varied, she only used acoustic instruments, layering upright piano, strings, percussion, acoustic guitars, and creative sounds into arrangements that nodded to artists like Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Neil Young, John Lennon and Tom Petty. The result is an album that's at times more stripped-down than her 2014 album The Avenues and far less amplified than her third album Resistor, while still shining a light on Lynn's striking voice and unique blend of American music.
Appropriately, the nine songs on Plays Well With Others tackle issues of the heart, from love to lust to loss. On the album's haunting opener, "Same Old Song," Lynn and Peter Bradley Adams swap harmonies from opposite sides of a broken relationship, both trying to summon up the courage to sever ties completely. "What is Love" — a gorgeous folk song recorded with Dylan LeBlanc — finds its two singers questioning their own worth, while the Rodney Crowell collaboration "Crimson Underground" unfolds like a conversation between the self and the voice of temptation. There's also a coed cover of TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me," performed with Shovels & Rope; a tribute to the glory days of 1960s Roy Orbison with Nicole Atkins; a kinetic, psychedelic "Breakdown" with Andrew Combs; and a pair of duets with John Paul White, who first sang with Lynn during a handful of shared shows in 2017.
Throughout her career — a nearly decade-long run filled with three album releases, a career-shifting appearance and soundtrack for HBO’s True Detective, hundreds of shows on both sides of the Atlantic, and a sound encompassing everything from Americana to stark indie rock — Lera Lynn has balanced her fierce independence with a string of collaborations.
She's written songs with T Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash. She's recorded albums with full bands (The Avenues, hailed by outlets like Rolling Stone and American Songwriter) and smaller lineups (the experimental, NPR and New York Times-approved Resistor, which Lynn co-produced at her Nashville home). On Plays Well With Others, by teaming up with eight different duet partners and seven co-writers, she’s created her most diverse, collaborative work to date.
Lynn will perform a Plays Well With Others album release show at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley on June 22nd, with album guests John Paul White, Rodney Crowell, Peter Bradley Adams, Nicole Atkins, Andrew Combs and Dylan LeBlanc. The show will be live streamed in partnership with WMOT, World Cafe from NPR Music and VuHaus. Lynn will also head out on the road with some of her Plays Well With Others duet partners this summer for a string of shows.
Lera Lynn Plays Well Others Tour Feat. Peter Bradley Adams and more:
June 22 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley - FEAT. John Paul White, Peter Bradley Adams, Nicole Atkins, Dylan LeBlanc, Rodney Crowell, and Andrew Combs
June 24 - Allison Park, PA - Hartwood Acres Amphitheater - FEAT. John Paul White & Peter Bradley Adams
June 26 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere - FEAT. John Paul White & Peter Bradley Adams
June 27 – New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom - FEAT. John Paul White & Peter Bradley Adams
June 29 - Arnoldsville, GA - Wildwood Revival - Feat. Peter Bradley Adams, Dylan LeBlanc, & Andrew Combs
Lera Lynn - Plays Well With Others track list
1."Same Old Song" with Peter Bradley Adams
2. "Lose Myself" with John Paul White
3. "What Is Love" with Dylan LeBlanc
4. "Breakdown" with Andrew Combs
5. "Crimson Underground" with Rodney Crowell
6. "Wolf Like Me" with Shovels & Rope
7. "Nothin To Do With Your Love" with JD McPherson
8. "In Another Life" with Nicole Atkins
9. "Almost Persuaded" with John Paul White
For more information on Lera Lynn, please contact Rob Krauser, email@example.com or 917.703.8361, or Sheri Sands at Sands Foley Entertainment Group, firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.964.7134.