Folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys have released a second song from their first new album in six years, Fifteen, today at Folk Alley. The Jennys have covered Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” which Folk Alley writes is “a reminder for resilience in each moment and a harbinger of hope shimmering out there on the horizon with each new day.” This is the second song they’ve premiered, following their moving version of the late Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.”
Fifteen, the Jennys’ long-awaited follow-up to Bright Morning Stars, finds them bringing their passion and stellar musicianship to a carefully curated collection of some of their favorite songs. For members Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse,Fifteen celebrates a 15-year musical partnership that has created three award-winning, Billboard-charting studio albums and one magical live recording and brought them a loyal worldwide fanbase.
Steeped in the artistry and elegance that has defined their career, Fifteen presents The Wailin’ Jennys at their very best. Opening with their stark-yet-exquisite rendering of “Old Churchyard,” sung a cappella over a single droning viola tone, the album then shifts to a gorgeous full-band acoustic version of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” Other highlights include their moving interpretation of Emmylou Harris’s “Boulder to Birmingham,” their update of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock” (from a women’s point of view) and songs by Jane Siberry, Warren Zevon and Patty Griffin. They also do an achingly beautiful a cappella version of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” that resonates as a call to hope in these troubled political times.
More information about The Wailin’ Jennys tour schedule and the members’ solo dates can be found at www.thewailinjennys.com or www.redhouserecords.com.
The Wailin’ Jennys Tour Dates:
SA 11/18 Colorado Springs, CO – Stargazers Theatre
SU 11/19 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
SA 12/16 Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
MO 12/18 Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
TU 12/19 Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
TH 2/01 Greensboro, NC – Carolina Theatre
FR 2/02 Wingate, NC McGee Theatre (The Batte Center)
SA 2/03 Raleigh, NC Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
TH 2/15 College State, PA – The State Theatre
FR 2/16 Bethlehem, PA – Zoellner Arts Center (Lehigh University)
SA 2/17 West Long Branch, NJ – Pollack Theatre (Monmouth University)
TH 2/12 Interlochen, MI – Interlochen Center for the Arts (Corson Auditorium)
FR 2/13 Saugatuck, MI – Saugatuck Center for the Arts US
SA 2/14 Clinton Township, MI – Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
SU 2/15 Goshen College – Sauder Concert Hall