I was floored yesterday when I learned that Rachel Brooke is pairing up with none other than Lonesome Wyatt of Those Poor Bastards to make a new album! The name of the album is going to be “A Bitter Harvest,” and they are planning for it to be available in May on CD and vinyl.
I can’t begin to express what a tizzy I am in over the idea of this album. Right now this is my most anticipated album for 2009, and I don’t think I have been this excited about an album since Damn Right, Rebel Proud. My long time readers know that I have an incurable crush on Rachel Brooke, and though I would’ve never anticipated this, the idea of her teaming up with Lonesome Wyatt somehow makes perfect sense.
This is not the first time Rachel has collaborated with other artists. You can check her out with Rachel & Junk , and she also appeared on the .357 String Band’s latest album, Fire & Hail. Rachel has an astounding voice and she’s a good songwriter as well, but she could sing about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and STILL move you with the way she conveys an underlying pain in sorrow in all of her lyrics. It doesn’t hurt that she’s just ridiculously gorgeous as well.
Lonesome Wyatt and Those Poor Bastards have been on the cutting edge of formulating the new gothic country sound, and broke into the national consciousness when Hank III covered their song “Pills I Took” on Straight to Hell. The production of their songs is astounding, and that is what has me the most excited about the partnership with Rachel Brooke.
Apparently the album is mostly done, they are just working out the production kinks. I hope to have an interview with Rachel as the release date gets closer to find out the skinny on how this collaboration came together.
And of course you can check out Lonesome Wyatt and Those Poor Bastards opening up for Hank III on his tour that is starting in just a couple of weeks.