John Paul White to Perform at Blueberry Hill June 8

By Cara Wegener
In Culture

Are you a fan of the Nashville acoustic duo The Civil Wars? One half of the four-time Grammy-award winning pair, John Paul White, is coming to St. Louis to debut his first solo album in nearly a decade. Single Lock Records, the studio White founded with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and Will Trapp, will officially release “Beulah” on Aug. 19. Until then, catch him June 8 at Blueberry Hill with the Secret Sisters.

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Photo by Allister Ann

The album was recorded in Muscle Shoals at FAME Studios (Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman), as well as at Single Lock Records. Single Lock Records has produced albums for a number of notable artists including St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Dylan LeBlanc, and Donnie Fritts—marking White’s debut as a working producer. White’s recent collaborations include work with Jason Isbell, Candi Staton, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, among others.

Although it has been a while since White has put out any music of his own, “Beulah” features a diverse range of songs. From swampy Southern rock to dark acoustic pop, White says writing the songs “was like turning on a faucet.”  He says:

“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.”

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Photo courtesy Allister Ann

NPR’s show “Songs We Love” featured White’s song “The Martyr,” calling the album “daringly intimate, artfully modulated, hook-blessed and habit-forming.”

As St. Louis was just added to the summer tour schedule, this is a must-see show! For tickets and more information visit johnpaulwhite.com. Stream “The Martyr” on Spotify or pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon!

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