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Songbird

by Simon Patrick Kerr

First single from Simon Patrick Kerr's debut record "Doldrums". Released on July 20th, 2018.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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Album Notes
Simon Kerr has made a name for himself as the frontman for blistering Nashville power trio The Wans, whose brand of 60's psych rock has landed them on bills alongside Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Pearl Jam and more. But Kerr isn’t the kind of artist to be filed neatly into a box. On his forthcoming solo LP, Doldrums, Kerr returns to a more stripped-down approach to his songwriting, crafting intensely personal Americana and indie-folk songs inspired by Nashville-outsider heroes like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, while chronicling one of the more tumultuous periods in his life.

Kerr’s acoustic shift on Doldrums may come as a surprise to longtime fans of The Wans, but for Kerr it was a logical step. “I played in The Wans for six years and we were touring pretty heavily the last four,” he says. “In between tours I was writing songs that didn’t really fit the mold of the band—they were less party friendly, definitely more on the folkie side. On our last tour in 2017, I asked [Wans drummer] Mark [Petaccia] if I could come in and record a few songs at his studio, and it ended up becoming a full record.” Of this more bare-bones approach to writing and recording, Kerr says, “I never want to get to the point of being comfortable as a songwriter. So I wanted this album to be as vulnerable as possible.”

Doldrums wastes no time establishing itself as Kerr’s most personal album to date. Lead track “Strung Out Again” finds him grappling with returning home after four years of heavy touring feeling exhausted, rattled and lost. “I only like me when I get stoned / I fell in love with a sinking stone / Talking to myself at night / Strung out again,” he delicately croons atop sparkling guitars and a washed out backing chorus of oohs and aahs.

On folk ballad “Songbird,” Kerr captures the grief of losing a family friend to cancer. “Greg Trooper—one of my family’s first friends when we moved to the States from Ireland—had just passed away from cancer,” he says. “About a week later I decided I wanted to honor him by writing a song and giving it to his wife and son.” To round out the track, Kerr recruited Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers) to play the fuzzed-out slide guitar on the bridge.

Standout track “God Was A Gambler” finds Kerr reflecting on the commodification of religion in America’s Bible Belt. “God was a gambler with human kind / Wined & dined then sold off to the richest,” he sings backed by a single finger-picked acoustic guitar. "In its purest form religion was for the down trodden and the poor so they could have a voice & now I feel that voice has been taken from them. Now its become some kind of corporate business." The song builds to an impassioned bridge featuring string accompaniment by Eleonore Denig, Kerr’s close friend, and wife of Noah Denney (Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown), who also contributed drums and bass to Doldrums.

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