Melody Guy Finds Her Happiness on Ambitious ‘Dry The Rivers’ Album: Premiere

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Ten albums in, Melody Guy declares herself "a cheerful particular person" with some severe ambitions for Dry The Rivers, which comes out Jan. 25 and is premiering in its entirety completely under.

"I've been taking it to the streets for the final 13 years on my own," Guy tells Billboard. "I actually wished to see what I may do and get it on the market additional than what I've been doing and positively on a much bigger scale. I simply really feel like now's the time to shine."

Guy recorded Dry The Rivers in Nashville with producer and well-credentialed fellow musician Michael Webb, who recruited a corps of top-flight musicians for the classes that features banjoist Richard Bailey from the Steeldrivers, Mike Daly on pedal metal, Rick Lonow on drums and Chas Williams on dobro and guitar. "Every step of creating the album was a studying expertise for me," Guy notes. "I've made data earlier than, however Michael had me stacking the vocals for harmonies, so I used to be actual pleased with myself that I discovered a brand new talent. It was simply enjoyable and pleased and I'm very, very pleased with the entire file. I hoped for the very best, but it surely turned out to be like a film. It was positively a labor of affection."

Dry The Rivers additionally showcases a distinct lyrical angle from Guy, who's by no means shied away from singing about hardships akin to being kidnapped as a youth, dangerous relationships and a son on the spectrum (the autism neighborhood has adopted her "Mistakes Like Me" as an anthem). Her new batch of 12 songs — which run a stylistic gamut from nation to Americana and the hard-hitting rock of the defiant "I Am the Queen" — current Guy as happier but additionally extra resilient, writing as somebody who's been made stronger by her struggles.

"I've grown as an individual, that's for certain," Guy says. "I really feel like getting older has given me extra of a stronger opinion about issues, and I really feel like lastly I'm the sturdy particular person, the sturdy lady I at all times wished to be. I like myself higher now, and what I’m doing now, higher than I ever have. It takes time to make wine, doesn't it?"

Guy's drive to present Dry The Rivers the publicity she needs means extra heavy touring, and after appearances at this weekend's NAMM Convention Guy will steer her 1995 Chevrolet Astro van again to Nashville for a Feb. 1 present at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, with a southeast tour slated subsequent and rather more to return — "each present I can," in accordance with Guy. And, she provides, it won’t be an extended watch for what comes subsequent, both.

"I’m prepared for my subsequent file already," Guy studies. "I used to be interested by doing, like, 16 tracks initially for this and all of it simply shook out to be precisely the playlist that's on there now. It's positively a whole story for this album, however I do know which songs are going to suit on the following factor I do, so I'm excited for that, too."