‘The Hurting Kind’

Read about the forthcoming new outing from John Paul White

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The Hurting Kind – John Paul White – Out April 12

Grammy Award winner John Paul White has confirmed the release of his new album The Hurting Kind, due April 12 2019 on Single Lock Records.  White has also shared the first single “The Long Way Home” today – see below. There will also be a Record Store Day vinyl edition of the album featuring a bonus 7″ which is available starting April 13 only at independent record stores.

Leading up to the sessions for The Hurting Kind, White was inspired by artists like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins and Bill Porter. White sought out classic writers like Whisperin’ Bill Anderson and Bobby Braddock for collaboration. “Coming out of each and every one of these situations, I got a resounding thumbs-up that I was on that right track,” says White of the collaborations. “I didn’t need anybody else’s approval after that.”

The Hurting Kind was recorded at Sun Drop Sound, White’s new home studio that he converted from an old, turn-of-the-century home in the historic district of Florence and at legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, both in his home State Alabama.  The record was co-produced with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and features additional contributions from a core group of musicians including Jon Radford (Leigh Nash, Odessa) and Reed Watson on drums, Pat Bergeson (Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris) on electric guitar, Jon Estes (Robyn Hitchcock, Kesha) and David Hood (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) on bass and Lillie Mae (Jack White) on fiddle, plus guest vocals from Lee Ann Womack and background vocals from Erin Rae and The Secret Sisters. 

White reportedly draws on the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960’s, writing about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships and the fading memory of a loved one. “I approached this album differently on the songwriting side before I ever got into the studio,” says White. “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.”

White grew up in tiny Loretto, Tennessee, and now lives in Florence, not far from Muscle Shoals. He has cultivated his career in Nashville for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then as half of The Civil Wars – a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammy Awards before disbanding in 2012. White’s past collaborations include contributions to recordings by Rodney Crowell, Hiss Golden Messenger, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Candi Staton and Emmylou Harris, and production work with Lera Lynn, Lindi Ortega, Dylan LeBlanc, Penny & Sparrow and Donnie Fritts’ Oh My Goodnesswhich also marked White’s debut as a producer. White is also a partner in Single Lock Records, an independent record label based in Florence.

In 2016, White released Beulah to widespread critical acclaim – it featured in our best albums of 2016. The Hurting Kind is White’s third solo album.

Listen to “The Long Way Home”


1. The Good Old Days

2. I Wish I Could Write You a Song

3. Heart Like a Kite

4. Yesterday’s Love

5. The Long Way Home

6. The Hurting Kind

7. This Isn’t Gonna End Well (featuring Lee Ann Womack)

8. You Lost Me

9. James

10. My Dreams Have All Come True

Read about the forthcoming new outing from John Paul White


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