John Paul White has announced that he will release a highly-anticiptated new album, Beulah, on August 19th, his first solo work in nearly a decade.
Beulah, produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, was recorded in Muscle Shoals at the renowned FAME Studios and at White’s own Single Lock Studios, which he founded and runs with Ben Tanner and Will Trapp. The record is a diverse collection of swampy southern rock, folk balladry and dark acoustic pop, songs that came unbidden to White, who wasn’t entirely welcoming of them at the time. “Honestly, I tried to avoid them, but then I realized the only way I was going to get rid of them was if I wrote them down. I got my phone out, and I’d sing these little bits of melody, then put it away and move on. Eventually I got to a place where it was a roar in my head, and that pissed me off. Then one day I told my wife, ‘I think I’m going to go write a song.’ She was as surprised as I was. I went and wrote probably eight songs in three days,” he says. “It was like turning on a faucet.”
White will debut the new songs in a series of solo performances in select cities starting June 13th at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia; stops in St. Louis, Chicago, and Minneapolis, with the Secret Sistersas support, have recently been added.
“The Martyr”, a new pop-leaning single from the album, features White’s heart-wrenching vocals, heavy acoustic guitar. Give it a spin: