Ten albums in, Melody Guy declares herself "a happy person" with some serious ambitions for Dry The Rivers, which comes out Jan. 25 and is premiering in its entirety exclusively below.
"I've been taking it to the streets for the last 13 years by myself," Guy tells Billboard. "I really wanted to see what I could do and get it out there further than what I've been doing and definitely on a bigger scale. I just feel like now's the time to shine."
Guy recorded Dry The Rivers in Nashville with producer and well-credentialed fellow musician Michael Webb, who recruited a corps of top-flight musicians for the sessions that includes banjoist Richard Bailey from the Steeldrivers, Mike Daly on pedal steel, Rick Lonow on drums and Chas Williams on dobro and guitar. "Every step of making the album was a learning experience for me," Guy notes. "I've made records before, but Michael had me stacking the vocals for harmonies, so I was real proud of myself that I learned a new skill. It was just fun and happy and I'm very, very proud of the whole record. I was hoping for the best, but it turned out to be like a movie. It was definitely a labor of love."