Martin Simpson will release new studio album Rooted on 30th August 2019 on Topic Records.
The album is produced by Andy Bell and was recorded in Sheffield and Oxfordshire. Rooted will be available on CD, LP and digital with the deluxe 2CD and deluxe digital versions including a bonus disc of instrumentals, Seeded.
It can be pre-ordered from smarturl.it/martinsimpsonrooted.
Summing up the themes of his new album, Simpson says: “The music and songs embrace nature and travel, mental health, real life stories, loss, politics and history… and the threads that bind all this together can be followed back a long way, to 1965 when I got my first guitar and started to soak up material and ideas at a very rapid rate.”
An array of guest musicians feature on Rooted including Nancy Kerr (fiddle and viola), Andy Cutting (melodeon and diatonic accordion), Liz Hanks (cello), John Smith (electric guitar and vocals), Ben Nicholls (string bass and electric bass guitar), Julie Matthews (vocals), Alan Barnes (clarinet), Max Simpson (vocals), Amy Smith (vocals), Chris While (vocals) and Tom A Wright (drums and percussion).
Richard Hawley and Dom Flemons contribute backing vocals and bones respectively to first single Neo (out 21st June). As well as vocals, Martin himself plays banjola, 5-string banjo, 6-string fretless banjo, electric bass guitar and electric and resonator guitars.
Martin will tour extensively in support of Rooted. Find out all the dates at: http://www.martinsimpson.com/gigs/.
The Rooted track listing is:
1.Trouble Brought Me Here
5.Hills Of Shiloh
7.Who’s Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?
9. Joe Bowers
10. Fool Me Once
13.More Than Enough
Seeded track listing (bonus disc with deluxe CD and deluxe digital albums):
4.Mama, It Ain’t Long
5.Queen Jane (Instrumental)
7.Who’s Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot? (Instrumental)