Friday, July 30, 2021
– Virginia singer Dori Freeman will release "Ten Thousand Roses" via her own Blue Hens Music label on Sept. 10.
Labelled as "grunge-country," Freeman's husband, Nicholas Falk, produced the set.
With her fourth studio album, Freeman created a 10-song collection.
Freeman wrote the songs during the pandemic, when she was stuck at home. She made a point, however, to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Natural elements such as storm-clouds, wildflowers, and spiders show up as motifs throughout the record, which examines everything from being deeply in love with someone to realizing that you don't need another person to complete you.
The first single is a country-rock anthem, "The Storm."
"I wrote 'The Storm' as an anthem for women who've been put through the ringer by men who didn't deserve them," said Freeman. "Storms and floods are powerful imagery for tumultuous relationships so I wanted the song to have a big swelling chorus to reflect that."
Residing in Galax, VA., her decision to live outside of any particular big city, in-demand, musical destination was a conscious one. Freeman chose her hometown because she says she's been better able to develop her music in a truer way to herself. She also believes that living apart from the music industry frees her from the pressure to fit current ideas of what a genre should sound like.
"I've never been drawn to living in the city as much as I love visiting them. I prefer a rural, small town life," said Freeman. "I just make music I like and hope other people will like it, too."
Victor Furtado plays banjo on the release. Eli Wildman contributes acoustic guitar and mandolin, while keyboardist Sam Fribush is on piano, keys, and organ. Berklee College of Music graduate Eric Robertson adds additional guitars and bass, and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Lipp plays banjo and bass.
The track list is:
1. Get You Off Of My Mind
2. The Storm
3. Almost Home
4. I Am
5. Nobody Nothing
7. Walk Away (w/ Logan Ledger)
8. Ten Thousand Roses
9. I Wanted To
10. Only You Know
Tour dates are:
Aug. 6 - Appleton, WI - Miles of Music Festival
Aug. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery
Aug. 19 - New York, NY - City Winery
Aug. 21 - Round Hill, VA - B-Chord Brewery
Sept. 23 - Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall