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Blonde On The Tracks

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Blonde On The Tracks
Blonde On The Tracks


Emma Swift has been hailed for the strength and beauty of her songcraft and a resiliant yet vulnerable voice that is both heartbreaking and heartbroken all at once. BLONDE ON THE TRACKS was first begun at Nashvilles famed Magnetic Sound Studio in 2017 but only recently brought to fruition, with Swift working alongside producer Patrick Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense) via email in April and May to finesse the unfinished material and record two further songs to complete the project. Swifts reimagining of Dylans songs bring a balancing gentleness clear and soft where the songwriter might rasp; plaintive and emotive where he may perhaps be more sanguine. Indeed, Swifts vocal on I Contain Multitudes is so immediate and clean that its almost as if you feel her breath in your ear. Its striking in its intimacy, especially as heard during this time of communal isolation. Furthermore, BLONDE ON THE TRACKS marks another chapter in Nashvilles deep connection with Dylan, a long, proud legacy encompassing such timeless LPs as BLONDE ON BLONDE, JOHN WESLEY HARDING, and of course, NASHVILLE SKYLINE. Swifts Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands harkens back to that distinctive sound, while other tracks call to mind Dylans celebrated work with The Band. Sansones masterful production provides the perfect light touch, supporting Swifts vocals with instrumentation by some of the finest session players Nashville has to offer, including pedal steel guitar from Thayer Serrano, Steelisms Jon Estes and Jon Radford (on bass and drums, respectively), and guitar by legendary British singer-songwriter and inveterate Dylanologist Robyn Hitchcock. The idea for the album came about during a long depressive phase, says Swift, the kind where its hard to get out of bed and get dressed and present to the world as a high-functioning human. I was lost on all fronts no doubt, but especially creatively. Ive never been a prolific writer, but this period was especially wordless. Sad, listless and desperate, I began singing Bob Dylan songs as a way to have something to wake up for. Interpreting other peoples emotions is how I learned to sing and Ive always enjoyed hearing Dylans songs from a female perspective. You can learn a lot about melody and feeling by the way a singer chooses to interpret someone elses song. You can learn alot about words by singing someone elses. Im very influenced by singers like Sandy Denny, Joan Baez, Billie Holiday, Sinead OConnor. Theres an art to interpretation, and for me, these women are the masters. Im as indebted to them on this record as I am to Bob Dylan.


  1. Name
  2. Queen Jane Approximately
  3. I Contain Multitudes
  4. One Of Us Must Know (sooner Or Later)
  5. Simple Twist Of Fate
  6. Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
  7. The Man In Me
  8. Going Going Gone
  9. You're A Big Girl Now
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