Mary Bragg didn't necessarily plan to release something so soon after her acclaimed 2019 album Violets as Camouflage. But the covers EP Think About It, whose stark, gentle version of Roy Orbison's 1988 hit "You Got It" is premiering on Billboard today (Feb. 6), filled an unexpected need for the Nashville singer-songwriter.
"Last year I was on the road playing those songs [from Violets as Camouflage] a lot, and I just needed to play some music that was not my own, that was not a constant reminder of my own life and my own story," Bragg tells Billboard. "So I started looking for some songs that really brought me a sense of calm and joy outside of myself, and then I decided to lay 'em down."
Save for Aaron Lee Tasjan's "Don't Walk Away," which Bragg recorded in Atlanta with Drivin' N Cryin', she recorded the EP much as she did Violets as Camouflage: "Mostly at home and I brought in a couple players to fill it out and make it a little more lush."