American singer-songwriter NICOLE ATKINS is set to release her new album titled “Goodnight Rhonda Lee” on 21st July.
She’s famed the world over for her 1960’s psychedelic soul sounds and vintage-style crooning.
Apparently Atkins toughed-out a life-changing journey on the way to making this album…
Going through some personal upheaval — getting sober, her father’s cancer —Atkins moved from her native Asbury Park, New Jersey to Nashville.
“This record came to me at a time of deep transition...” she says. “Some days were good, some not so good. What I did gain, though, from starting to make some changes and going inward, and putting it out on the table, was a joy in what I do again…”
“Joy in the process and a newfound confidence that I don’t think I’ve ever had until now.”
“The album title, ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’, also came from those feelings. Rhonda Lee was kind of my alias for bad behaviour, and it was time to put that persona to bed.”
She reconnected with her old friend Chris Isaak who encouraged her, during her soul-searching & soul-baring stage, to write songs that stressed the one attribute that most sets her apart. Her adorable voice.
We listened to the lead track from the album —
Set in the middle of a bubbling flexing and articulated guitar notes we discover the irrepressible soft-filter voice of Caffè Marocchino… Yes, this is emotionally pained and yes it is a prepossessing experience. And that’s because the restlessness is left in plain sight — the hurt perceptible.
“Goodnight Rhonda Lee” is out on 21st July. Produced by Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges) with additional mixing by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) in Fort Worth, TX.
Fans will receive the first song from the collection, the album’s title track, as an instant download when they pre-order the album from Single Lock.