Two of my long-time favorite singers, Kasey Chambers and Elizabeth Cook, have CDs coming out this summer.
First up will be Elizabeth Cook‘s Gospel Plow. This EP, slated for a June 12 release, features 6 gospel tunes plus that “religious” Velvet Underground song, “Jesus.” The genesis of this project happened a few years back when she was asked to perform at the Strawberry Music Festival’s Sunday morning gospel series. The experience led her to recall how this music was so fundamental in her Florida childhood.
Kasey Chambers‘ new album also relates to her musical upbringing. Storybook, which Sugar Hill will put out July 30, contains 15 tunes that inspired her to be a musician. The collection includes her covers of songs penned by Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, among others. She duets with Paul Kelly on “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” while Shane Nicholson is featured on “Orphan Girl.” This set serves as a companion piece to Chamber’s autobiography, A Little Bird Told Me, which was published recently in Australia.