Tunes from new album set to drop next week.
By Blurt Staff
They’re called Hymn For Her and while they are based in Sarasota, FL, they are essentially rock ‘n’ roll nomads who spend the bulk of their time criss-crossing the US in their classic Airstream. Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing now have a new album due August 12 titled Drive Til U Die (appropriate, no?) and our readership now gets an exclusive 3-song advance peek. Check out this premiere:
The band weighs in on each track:
“Devil’s Train”: We were sitting in our van on tour in Alabama outside a bar that allowed smoking and we were told, No kids allowed. Hmmm. What to do? We were listening to Hayes Carll on Spotify and laundry was strewn across the dashboard. They lyrics sum up our lives. “We’re takin this ride til the well runs dry. Half a million miles gonna drive til we die.”
“Paraguay”: “Hey hey hey you don’t have to wait til the time is right cause the time is right right now.” Winter cabin fever. Had to get back on the road. Also, we like how there are 3 ‘rights’ in a short sentence.
“Hi Ho Silver”: “Hitch and clamp back her in. Lock her down with a pin. Chains are criss-crossed. This is how we begin.” A list of how to hitch up our Airstream in order. Made for good lyrics about our awesome silver trailer.
The duo originally got started doing open mic nights in Philadelphia, where Lucy worked in a music store and Wayne worked in a hoagie shop. They’ve been known as Hymn for Her since 2011, when they changed up their folky sound with Wayne’s drums and Lucy’s Johnny Lowe-made Lowebow cigar-box guitar/bass. That year, they released the follow-up to 2009 debut Year of the Golden Pig, titled Hymn for Her Presents … Lucy & Wayne and THE AmAIRican STREAM.
Next came Hymn for Her Presents … Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames, cut at Detroit’s Ghetto Recorders with producer Jim Diamond, featuring Wayne on acoustic guitar, harmonica, kick-drum, hi-hat, and “bang-o” — banjo as drum — and Lucy on banjo, guitar and the broomstick-necked electric cigar-box.
Recording for the new Drive Til U Die started at Sputnik Sound Studio in Nashville, with five tracks produced by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jack White). Producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active) then captured their softer side, recording three tunes at his Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC, additionally mixing a pair of Airstream-recorded tracks.
A tour will commence very soon = check for details on ‘em via the interwebs: