Tuesday, August 25, 2020
– Wynonna Judd will be out with an EP, "Recollections," on Oct. 30on Anti-.
Judd recorded much of the collection while quarantining on her Tennessee farm in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forced off the road for the first time in years, she found herself reconnecting with her roots, performing a series of covers with her husband, former Highway 101 drummer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Cactus Moser.
"King Bee," a half-century-old Slim Harpo blues tune Wynonna and Moser have been performing live together for years, finds Wynonna's swampy, distorted harmonica riffs and Moser's slide guitar. "'King Bee' reminds me of why I love the blues so much," Wynonna said.
"Recollections" also features "I Hear You Knocking" by Fats Domino, "Angel From Montgomery" by John Prine, "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone and "Ramble On Rose" by the Grateful Dead.
"I"ve learned a lot being at home these last few months," Wynonna said. "When there"s no touring, no concerts, no band, no lights, no action, all that"s left is you and the song. All that"s left is your gift."
Judd signed with Anti- last year. "I never wanted to be defined by the business side of things, by all the industry accolades and awards," she said. "Don"t get me wrong, I"m grateful for all of that, but ultimately, I"ve always just wanted to be defined by my art, and ANTI- lets me do that. It"s like a shelter from the storm, a place where I can go after all these years in the business and make the music I want to make."
"This EP was a labor of love without the labor," she said. "As a songwriter, you can get bogged down in your own craft sometimes, but there"s something so liberating about letting go of all that and just inhabiting someone else"s writing."