Out Now: John Paul White’s Haunting and Melancholy New Album ‘The Hurting Kind’

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Rock Cellar Magazine

John Paul White, longtime member of the band The Civil Wars, released a new solo album on Friday — and The Hurting Kind is a poignant, affecting set of songs from White that is sure to resonate with listeners, no matter their familiarity with his music and career.

“What’s so good about the good old days?” he asked on the LP’s opening track, which was premiered in early March and sets the tone for the rest of the record perfectly, strings accompanying White’s wistful refrain.

The album blends Americana-tinged melancholy with country roots exceptionally well. And, as the news release detailed, the writing and recording process added a significant level of authenticity to it all:

The Hurting Kind was recorded at Sun Drop Sound, White’s new home studio that he converted from an old, turn-of-the-century home in the historic district of Florence, AL, and at legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.  The record was co-produced with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and features additional contributions from a core group of musicians including Jon Radford (Leigh Nash, Odessa) and Reed Watson on drums, Pat Bergeson (Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris) on electric guitar, Jon Estes (Robyn Hitchcock, Kesha) and David Hood (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) on bass and Lillie Mae (Jack White) on fiddle, plus guest vocals from Lee Ann Womack and background vocals from Erin Rae and The Secret Sisters

Whether you’ve followed John Paul White’s career up to this point or not, there’s a good chance you’ll take something with you after listening to this record. Stream it below, via Spotify:

Catch White on his upcoming tour in support ofthe album:

April 12 Florence, AL Shoals Community Theatre
April 14 Tallahassee, FL Word of South Festival
April 17 Chattanooga, TN Songbirds North
April 18 Athens, GA The Foundry
April 19 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
April 28 Huntsville, AL Panoply Arts Festival
May 3 Asheville, NC Ambrose West
May 4 Durham, NC Motorco
May 5 Norfolk, VA Goode Theatre
May 6 Richmond, VA The Camel
May 8 Washington, DC Union Stage
May 9 Annapolis, MD Ram’s Head
May 10 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music Hall
May 11 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
May 13 Boston, MA Once
May 15 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Music Hall
May 16 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
May 17 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
May 18 Birmingham, AL Lyric Theatre
May 25 Martinsville, OH Nowhere Else Festival
June 1 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
June 5 Little Rock, AR South On Main
June 6 Denton, TX Andy’s Bar
June 10 Phoenix, AZ Musical Instrument Museum
June 11 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
June 12 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
June 14 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
June 16 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
June 18 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
June 19 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
June 23 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
June 25 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads
June 26 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
June 27 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall
July 18 Abingdon, VA Abingdon Market Pavilion


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