Emily Herring | Gliding

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by Emily Herring

Emily Herring's Gliding is straight-up Texas honky tonk music with smart storytelling and infectious melodies.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gliding
4:50 $0.99
2. Midnight
3:22 $0.99
3. Yellow Mailbox
4:34 $0.99
4. Best Thing I've Seen Yet
4:06 $0.99
5. Right Behind Her
4:21 $0.99
6. Last of the Houston Honky Tonk Heroes
4:41 $0.99
7. All the Millers in Milwaukee
3:11 $0.99
8. Balmorhea
3:40 $0.99
9. Semi Truck
2:21 $0.99
10. Getting By
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes

Popular Austin-based singer-songwriter's fourth collection produced by legendary Steve Fishell (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris)

AUSTIN, Texas – Emily Herring simply sings purest country music. Witness Gliding. Herring's fourth album, produced by legendary instrumentalist Steve Fishell and releasing this fall on Austin-based Eight 30 Records, delivers all raw emotion with a voice branded at birth for honkytonks. Listen. You'll hear. The daytime auto mechanic and nighttime singer-songwriter effortlessly infuses her new collection with equal measures swagger (“Millers in Milwaukee”) and sway (“Best Thing”). “I found an immediate connection with Emily,” Fishell says. “Her voice rings like Rosie Flores did in the 1980s when I played with her during the Los Angeles cowpunk movement. She has that energy and fire.”

Gliding shows both while deftly balancing sharp songwriting (“Last of the Houston Honkytonk Heroes”) with endlessly energy (the Commander Cody classic “Semi Truck”). Spiritual motion guides the journey (“Gettin' By”). “Gliding's a movement with a certain stillness attached,” the longtime Central Texas resident says. “You're at the mercy of the wind along with the extreme force of gravity. The title track leads you off the ledge and into a moment where time stands still, your thoughts slowly moving through what could have been with only the implication of the inevitable.”

The elegant narrative measures up. “Flying down the Longhorn skyway is a damn fool thing to do/But when you wrote me that you loved me, I just had to say the same to you,” the song goes. “Now I've got one hand on the telephone when I slip and hit the gas/No time to stop myself from gliding.” “It's completely unintentional that this album has such an undercurrent of sadness,” Herring admits. “Even the covers are just songs I love and love to sing. Only one song maintains an honest to goodness uplifting lyrical quality. A few suggest the possibility of a happier tomorrow, but today's usually still painful in some way. Even 'Semi Truck' is a theoretical bummer.”

Meanwhile, Herring's originals effortlessly showcases an already seasoned songwriter rising rapidly. (Remember: Country Music Television crowned her as a hotshot emerging artist from Austin with her debut Your Mistake in 2013.) The song cycle, ten vibrant vignettes backing earthy (“Yellow Mailbox”) with ethereal (“Midnight”), simultaneously salutes influences past while pointing eyes toward the future. High watermarks transcend (“Balmorhea”). “No one can bruise my heart like you/Cold words hit my chest break clean through,” she sings on the latter. “What a thing to say when you know damn well I stay drowning in your desert, Balmorhea.”

Few songwriters frame such direct lines toward heart and home. “I'm eager for her to become more well known in the Americana world,” Fishell says. “Emily's music speaks to me and makes me smile. She's a poet, very personal and passionate in her writing, heartfelt and soulful when she sings, a universal artist who rings true and with honesty and such a compelling voice. I think people will take notice and want to hear more. She's truly inspiring and I was lucky to work with her. Plus, she laughs all the time and is a joy to be around.”



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