Ahead of a string of August and September tour dates, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Bella White has released her new single “The Way I Oughta Go.”
Produced by Jonathan Wilson and featuring Buck Meek on guitar, the song exemplifies her ability to put her own stamp on traditional country and bluegrass tones, all the while showcasing her captivating and stunning voice. White shares, “‘The Way I Oughta Go’ is a song about not being sure where you should land, when you should take off, or even knowing how. Writing while staring at the ceiling of my Nashville bedroom amidst the late summer heat, I felt stifled. I wrote a song about love and the lack thereof that I was experiencing — where to find it, or if I even believed that it was out there after one profound disappointment on top of another. It’s a song about self, and moving around until you find your place in the world.”
On Saturday, August 6, Bella will kick off a short U.S. tour.
Bella White tour dates
Aug 6 – Pickathon Music Festival – Happy Valley, OR
Aug 7 – Pickathon Music Festival – Happy Valley, OR
Aug 18 – Hill Country BBQ – Washington, DC
Aug 19 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
Aug 20 – The Music Hall – Portsmouth, NH
Aug 21 – Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots – Manchester, VT
Sept 1 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
Sept 2 – Music Farm, Charleston, SC
Sept 3 – Earl Scruggs Music Festival – Mill Spring, NC
Sept 4 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Sept 16 – Americana Festival / Station Inn – Nashville, TN
Bachelor—the collaborative project of Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner—will release its debut album Doomin’ Sun on May 28th via Polyvinyl Record Co., and today the duo share another single off of the record. Of the country-inflected “Sick of Spiraling” the band says “Sick of Spiraling is one of the last songs we wrote and recorded together in Topanga. Both of us initially tried to play drums on the song but the groove wasn’t right so we enlisted help from James Krivchenia. He came over for a day and drummed on a few songs on the record, he really brought this song to life with his unique style. Ellen had the riff in her voice memos for a while, and had originally imagined it as a slow kinda melancholic song. Once we got together and listened back to the riff we heard it a whole new way as an upbeat driving song. After that Ellen wrote lyrics inspired by driving on tour and the rush and anxiety of being completely untethered and unprotected on the open road.”
Written and recorded in Topanga, CA over the course of two weeks in January of 2020, pre-pandemic, Doomin’ Sun is a record steeped in friendship. Kempner and Duterte hybridized their individual songwriting talents, producing a collection that slips between moods with ease and showcases their lyrical prowess. While the album features collaborations with the likes of Big Thief’s Buck Meek and James Krivchenia, as well as Duterte’s partner and Routine-counterpart Annie Truscott of Chastity Belt, the record was largely made by the two musicians in isolation as a fitting precursor to the forthcoming year. Creating the space to explore significant themes from queerness to climate change, the collection also finds Bachelor experiencing pure, unadulterated joy: the kind of joy that can only come from creating, laughing, and having a ridiculous amount of fun with a close friend.
Bachelor will be touring this summer opening for Lucy Dacus.