Indie-rock songwriter John Paul White has two solo records to his name — 2008’s The Long Goodbye and 2016’s Beulah, which were sandwiched around the existence of his band, The Civil Wars, which won four Grammy Awards during its run from 2009 to 2014. White’s third solo record, The Hurting Kind, will be released on April 12 via Single Lock Records.
He officially announced the album in January, shortly after releasing its first single, “My Dreams Have All Come True,” in late 2018.
Since then, two more singles have been released, including “The Long Way Home” and the Valentine’s Day release, “I Wish I could Write You a Song.”
The Hurting Kind is a different sound than White experimented with in the Civil Wars. This album draws inspiration from big country artists like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, and Chet Atkins, while still taking inspiration from the iconic Roy Orbison.
In a press release, White speaks to the album’s new sound. “I approached this album differently on the songwriting side before I ever got into the studio. I really wanted there to be a torch song quality to it, the classic timeless quality. To not be afraid of the big note, and not be afraid of the drama.”
Co-produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, The Hurting Kind reflects 1960s Nashville orchestrated music with a modern feel containing storytelling songs that tackle love, relationships and past memories. The album will feature multiple musicians on fiddles, drums and guitars to form a big backing band along with guest vocals from Lee Ann Womack, Erin Rae and The Secret Sisters.
Along with the album release, White announced the East Coast leg of The Hurting Kind Tour on Twitter. The tour kicks off May 3rd in Ashville, NC. and wraps up May 17 in Atlanta, GA with more dates to be announced later.
Visit White’s website for more details and to view his tour dates. A special 7″ vinyl edition of the album will be found at independent records stores on Record Store Day coming up on Saturday, April 13.
The Hurting Kind track list
- “Good Old Days”
- “I Wish I Could Write You A Song”
- “Heart Like a Kite”
- “Yesterday’s Love”
- “The Long Way Home”
- “The Hurting Kind”
- “This Isn’t Going To End Well” (Feat. Lee Ann Womack)
- “You Lost Me”
- “My Dreams Have All Come True”
The Hurting Kind tour
May 3 – Asheville, NC @ Ambrose West
May 4 – Durham, NC @ Motorco
May 5 – Norfolk, VA @ Goode Theatre
May 6 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
May 8 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage
May 9 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head
May 10 – Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
May 11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 13 – Boston, MA @ Once
May 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Music Hall
May 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West