Heart's Nancy Wilson Announces New Solo Album

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday February 23, 2021

Cover artwork for Wilson's upcoming album
Cover artwork for Wilson's upcoming album  (Source:Nancy Wilson / Facebook)

Nancy Wilson, of legendary Seattle rock band Heart, has announced a May 7 release date for her first solo studio album, "You and Me," Consequence of Sound reports.

The album was recorded during the pandemic in Wilson's northern California home studio, with band members Ben Smith (drums), Andy Stoller (bass) and Ryan Waters (guitar) contributing remotely. "Being off the road last year from touring with Heart, and at home with my good guitars and amps out," Wilson said. "I felt like I was once again able to reconnect with my pre-Heart self, my college girl self, creating poetic, intimate and romantic songs, which pretty much is what I first brought in to Heart."

"You and Me" largely consists of new Wilson originals, with the title track co-authored by longtime Heart collaborator and friend Sue Ennis. "The Dragon," a song Wilson penned with her sister and Heart's lead singer Ann, dates back to the late 1990s. A clutch of covers are scattered throughout — "The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel, "Dreams" by the Cranberries, "Daughter" by Pearl Jam, and the album's first single "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen.

A number of special guests also appear. Sammy Hagar contributes vocals to "The Boxer," Liv Warfield (Wilson's bandmate in Roadcase Royale) sings on "Dreams," and the Wilson original "Party at the Angel Ballroom" features Guns 'n' Roses' Duff McKagan and Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins.

Prior to "You and Me," Wilson's solo debut was her 1999 "Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop," recorded at a time when she was living in Los Angeles and scoring the films of ex-husband Cameron Crowe. On the live collection, Wilson featured a number of new originals alongside Heart chestnuts and covers accompanied only by backing vocalist Astrid Young (sister of legendary singer/songwriter Neil Young).

The title track will be released as the next single on March 8 — which fans can pre-save now — and the album pre-order will launch the same day.

"I don't know why it took me so long to do this," Wilson said. "Maybe I was stuck in traffic, maybe I was stuck in the Heart vortex of it all."

Heart's last tour in 2019 was a huge success, featuring the always captivating Wilson sisters hosting fellow rock legends Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Sheryl Crow and showcasing younger superstars Brandi Carlile and Elle King.

Wilson's sister Ann has also kept musically active since Heart's last trek, having released two singles — a cover of Steve Earle's "The Revolution Starts Now!" in November and a new original "Tender Heart" last month. Ann will release another new and original song, "The Hammer," on Thursday.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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