Courtney Patton Announces New Album “What It’s Like to Fly Alone”
If you know anything about Texas country songwriters, then you know about Courtney Patton. And if you don’t know about Courtney Patton, then you better get wise. Fortunate for you, she’ll make it easy on you by releasing a new album on February 16th, 2018 called What It’s Like to Fly Alone.
“The title sounds melancholy, but the resolve isn’t,” Patton explains. “This record is full of songs about people who have had to ‘fly alone’ in some way, whether through grief, loss, life choices, addiction or love. We have to work through our struggles, choose our own destiny, just like the characters in each song. We have to make ourselves happy. No one else can do that for us. I’ve been down in most of those ways, but I choose happiness. In the end, ‘flying alone’ is soaring because you pick your path and you find your way.”
Fresh off the 2018 installment of the Hard Candy Christmas tour with fellow Texas songwriters Sunny Sweeney, Jamie Lin Wilson, and Brennen Leigh, Courtney Patton’s third solo release will feature contributions from a host of notable musicians including Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame member Lloyd Maines on pedal steel and guitar, long-time Gene Watson piano player Chip Bricker, along with Giovanni “Nooch” Carnuccio and Jerry Abrams from the band of Jason Eady, as well as Jason Eady himself, who happens to also be Courtney Patton’s other half. Jamie Lin Wilson and Dan Tyminski also offer harmony vocals.
What It’s Like to Fly Alone is written mostly by Patton, with five solo-written songs, four written with distinguished Texas songwriter Larry Hooper, as well as contributions from Matt Hillyer of 1100 Springs, Micky Braun from Micky and the Motorcars, and a cover of “Gold Standard” co-written by Kelley Mickwee and Owen Temple.
Courtney Patton’s last album So This Is Life was produced by fellow Texas songwriter Drew Kennedy, but Courtney decided to take the reigns of this new one herself. However there were a few people guiding Patton’s hand in the process, even if they are no longer around. “Red Bandana Blue (Kent’s Song)” is inspired by Kent Finlay—the former owner of the Cheatham Street Warehouse who passed away in 2015. The album ends with “Fourteen Years,” which is a look back at Patton’s tragic loss of a sister in a car accident and the time spent after that loss wondering what might have been.
What It’s Like to Fly Alone is now available for pre-order, and you can listen to a new song “Shove” below.
What It’s Like To Fly Alone Track List:
- “Shove” (Courtney Patton)
- “What It’s Like to Fly Alone (Hawk Song)” (Courtney Patton)
- “Round Mountain” (Courtney Patton, Larry Hooper)
- “Open Flame” (Courtney Patton, Larry Hooper)
- “I’ve Got One Waiting” (Courtney Patton, Matt Hillyer)
- “This Road to You” (Courtney Patton, Micky Braun)
- “Words to My Favorite Memory” (Courtney Patton, Larry Hooper)
- “Sometimes She Flies” (Courtney Patton)
- “Gold Standard” (Kelley Mickwee, Owen Temple)
- “Devil’s Hand” (Courtney Patton, Larry Hooper)
- “Red Bandana Blue (Kent’s Song)” (Courtney Patton)
- “Fourteen Years” (Courtney Patton)
December 30, 2017 @ 10:16 am
14 Years is an amazing song, as are some of the others…cant’ wait to hear the whole album!
December 30, 2017 @ 10:17 am
Cool. Love the duet album with Eady and “Shove” sounds great.
December 30, 2017 @ 12:12 pm
Love the music she does with the Southern Gospel Revival. Great music.
December 30, 2017 @ 3:08 pm
Courtney Patton is the pinnacle of songwriting. She has what all those female artists, that are often mentioned here, are missing.
December 30, 2017 @ 5:33 pm
Looking forward to this one. Thanks for the heads up! Good news
December 30, 2017 @ 6:02 pm
Highly anticipating this one. What a great writer and artist. She also just seems like such a down to earth and hilarious person…..based on her Instagram page.
December 30, 2017 @ 8:51 pm
I was a big fan of Sunny Sweeney and Brennen Leigh for years before I encountered Courtney Patton’s music but I immediately took to it like a duck to water. I love the emotional authenticity of Courtney’s singing voice which is about as open and honest as they come. I look forward to those times when I can see her perform live online via Concert Window at venues in Texas and especially when hubby Jason Eady is with her. I can’t wait to hear the songs off this new album and cherry pick my favorites for purchase and download, which shows just how old fashioned I am! (lol)
December 31, 2017 @ 12:21 am
I just pre ordered the vinyl from her website this afternoon. Also includes a free digital download. Was real easy to do and that way you don’t have to worry about picking your favorites and being a cheapskate!
December 30, 2017 @ 9:22 pm
Never heard of her before this post so I sampled her latest album off of Amazon. Awesome voice and an awesome album!
December 31, 2017 @ 4:53 am
great songwriter and performer on her own and also wife to the owner of the “my favourite country album of 2017” price….
December 31, 2017 @ 4:54 am
December 31, 2017 @ 7:47 am
I cannot wait for this album!
December 31, 2017 @ 9:26 am
Great news. We really enjoyed her last album.
December 31, 2017 @ 2:02 pm
Gorgeous voice. Smooth…
January 2, 2018 @ 9:05 am
I am looking forward to this and hope to see her on tour this year.
January 4, 2018 @ 8:15 am
An artist that I was well aware of (caught her recently on the Hard Candy Christmas tour stop in Chicago) but had somehow overlooked buying her albums. Thanks to this reminder, I’ve remedied that.