Headwaters [Limited Clearwater]
“I let my whole self into the room and into this record,”
says Rose. “And there’s nostalgia, and it’s angry, adventurous, but it’s also gentle. I think I’m really a soft person at my core, but in the past, I’ve felt like I needed to be louder, so I let myself stand up for being more gentle on this record, and that just felt really true to who I actually am as an artist.”
Recorded at Delta Sonic Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, Rose regrouped with her Medicine for Living team, produced by Bruce Watson and mixed by Clay Jones and Matt Ross-Spang along with her previous band of musicians Al Gamble on organ and piano, guitarist Will Sexton, bassist Mark Stuart, drummer George Sluppick.
Recognizing more references to water on the album, Rose worked around Headwaters, the furthest point out, where water merges into tributaries and other bodies. “A lot of the songs are centered on the fluidity of times,” says Rose, who first heard the word headwaters on a study field trip in the Appalachian Mountains.