JOHN PAUL WHITE THE HURTING KIND

Three years after releasing his post-Civil Wars solo debut, White has excelled with this April release,

featuring vocal contributions from Lee Ann Womack, Erin Rae, and the Secret Sisters. Co-produced alongside the Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner it also finds him co-writing with legendary Nashville songwriters like Bobby Braddock and Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. Single, ‘The Long Way Home,’ is a bright, mid-tempo country-folk offering that has White quoting the child’s prayer as he sings about returning to a loved one. Unlike the simmering folk-noir of 2016’s Beulah, this takes on a whole different set of sonic influences. “I really wanted there to be a torch song quality to it,” he said. “To not be afraid of the big note, and not be afraid of the drama.”