Artist: Mandy Barnett
Song: “More Lovin’”
Album: Strange Conversation (due in stores September 21st)
It’s a daunting feat to truly distinguish one’s artistry within the ultra-competitive Nashville music community. But over the course of her 23-year professional recording career, Mandy Barnett has proven to be one of Music City’s most unique and mesmerizing voices. Hence why we’re delighted to learn that Barnett is set to release her forthcoming album Strange Conversation via Thirty Tigers and her own label Dame Productions on September 21st.
Featuring her renditions of songs originally written by Lee Hazlewood, Neil Sedaka, and Tom Waits, Strange Conversation finds Barnett stretching her musical repertoire in gratifying ways. “We went to Muscle Shoals to make the record,” Barnett explains in an official statement. “Which was a big thing, because that environment, all the music that happened there, just seeps in. I was working with all new players, and we were going deeper into some things I’ve always touched on, but never really explored…This time, I discovered facets about me I didn’t know. I heard shadings, nuances to bring out. I can still belt, but you know, you don’t have to hit a high C every time.”
The first taste of the project has arrived in the form of Barnett’s inspired cover of blues singer Mable John’s “More Lovin’,” which can be enjoyed in full below.