Title - 'A Whole Lot of Freedom'
Artist - Surrender Hill
For those not in the know, years before forming the Americana duo Surrender Hill, husband and wife songwriters Robin Dean Salmon and Afton Seekins chased their own muses as solo artists.
Salmon was an award-winning punk rock front man who'd spent the first half of his adolescence in South Africa. During the early '80s, his family relocated to a longhorn ranch in Texas, where Salmon found himself listening to a cross-cultural mix of Bob Wills, the Sex Pistols, Marty Robbins and the Clash.
Meanwhile, Seekins grew up splitting her time between an Alaskan fishing village and an Arizona frontier town. Summers were spent in one location; school years were spent in another.
Throughout it all, she honed her talent for dancing, eventually moving to New York City during her 20's and finding success as a choreographer.
Unable to resist the need to pursue songwriting, she later headed back to Arizona, where she turned the contents of her personal journal into the lyrics of her very first songs.
And now the North Georgia-based Americana duo Surrender Hill will release their highly-anticipated fourth album (2015's self-titled debut, 2017's Right Here Right Now, and 2018's Tore Down Fences), A Whole Lot of Freedom, on April 3rd, 2020 (via Blue Betty Records).
1. 'A Whole Lot Of Freedom'
2. 'Turn This Train Around'
3. 'Winter's End'
4. 'Carry On'
5. 'Broken Down Car'
6. 'Chase Me Down'
7. 'Beautiful Wren'
8. 'Lucky Star'
9. 'Spend On Love'
10. 'Healing Song'
11. 'Will You Pass Me By'
13. 'Winter In America'
14. 'I'm Gonna Get It Right'
15. 'Waiting On A Dream'
16. 'Badge Of a Punk Rock Band'
17. 'Live For Today'
18. 'The Ballad Of Rebel Wingfield'
From start to finish, and covering an AMAZING 18 tracks (that said, there's actually 22 on the double vinyl LP!), A Whole Lot Of Freedom is a roots-rock record filled with harmonized vocals, electric guitar, and swooning fiddle.
A soundtrack to taking new chances and meeting challenges head-on, set to a backdrop of entwined melodies and rustic orchestration, the songs were inspired by experiences the couple had on the road, stories from their youth growing up, stories told by family, and - of course - the feelings and experiences that come up when you have a child.
Splitting the album's vocal and songwriting duties with each other, it was indeed the birth of their child that actually played a huge role in the songwriting.
Woven together with a thread of some version of freedom in all the songs on the album, whether it be on the title track or the young Cash-esque delivery of 'Turn This Train Around,' their voices wrap around one another to create the most perfect loving harmonies.
In closing, Surrender Hill, whose name was taken from the landmark in South Africa where the Anglo-Boer War came to a close, have created one of those albums that will both embody and enrich your heart and soul with every listen.
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