With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here.
"We all have things that we let control us. Fears. Addictions. Perceived social expectations," Struthers tells Billboard. "Letting go of these things can be much harder than living with their burden. I moved from New York City to Nashville in 2008, when I was 25 years old, and along with the cultural shift, I experienced a personal one. I spent my teens and early '20s trying to carve myself into the person I want to be but since living in the south I've found the strength to lay the chisel down occasionally, to stop becoming and just…be."
Born in Virginia and raised in New Jersey, Struthers began her musical odyssey by attending bluegrass festivals and fiddlers' contests all over the south with her father, who competed as a banjo player. She later graduated from NYU with an education degree, and began teaching high school English in Brooklyn.
However, music wouldn't leave her heart.
A visit to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival introduced her to the music of Tim O'Brien, which re-ignited her spark for music -- and made her decide to make the move to Nashville. She began to work with artists like Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, and O'Brien, and she would also go on to record two albums herself. When Struthers formed the Party Line in 2012, she really began to develop her sound.
"With the Party Line, I found the people I want to be with. And what instruments they play are what my band became. So I didn't find a fiddle player. I found a great electric guitar player who I love hanging around with, and who wants to commit to my music. What I love about our instrumentation is the balance between rock n' roll vibe and old time acoustic feeling. Those two specifically are the balance between my guitarist Josh Vana and Joe Overton. Josh plays with more of a rock feeling. Joe runs what I call the roots utility. He plays open backed banjo, resonator banjo, fiddle and pedal steel guitar. It's a really interesting balance between roots and rock. I don't know a lot of other female-fronted bands that are doing quite what we're doing, so I feel like maybe we have something unique, which is always a good thing."
With that right band behind her, Struthers is looking forward to an exciting 2015 on the road promoting her music. Enjoy this sneak peek of what she's got up her sleeve.
Upcoming Tour Dates
12/9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
12/10 - East Aurora, NY - 189 Public House
12/11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
12/12 - Charleston, WV - The Empty Glass Tavern
12/14 - Knoxville, TN - Barley's Taproom
12/31 - Washington, DC - Gypsy Sally's
1/13 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
1/18 - Hesston, KY - Prairie Pavilion at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
2/7 - Cooperstown, NY - Otsega Resort Hotel
2/25 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
2/26 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
2/27 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
2/28 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
3/1 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
3/5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders
3/6 - Benton Harbor, MI - Livery Brewery
3/7 - Lapeer, MI - PIX Theatre
3/8 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
3/13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
3/27 - Frederick, MD - Weinberg Center for the Arts
3/28 - Windsor, CT - Northwest Park Nature Center