JUNO AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITER’S NEW ALBUM, NATURAL CONCLUSION, DUE OUT FEBRUARY 3 VIA OUTSIDE MUSIC
MORE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ADDED BEGINNING FEBRUARY 8
“It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection…” - The Boston Globe
“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” - Exclaim!
The simplicity of these songs is deceiving; as sparse as they feel, her voice draws you in until you realize you are at the heart of the storm. - The Guardian
Cousins and Henry have created an emotional landscape full of beauty and conquest. - No Depression
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Today, acclaimed singer / songwriter Rose Cousins is sharing the new video for “Chains” which premiered via Billboard Magazine. Written in Nashville together with Andrew Combs and Jeff Bowman, Cousins tells Billboard that the brief for the song was “everything has gone to shit and swampy, so it's really bluesy and dark.”
Captured at Lever’s Lake in Cape Breton by director Nathan Boone, the video for “Chains” was based off a script from Nova Scotia filmmaker Mat Barkley. "[Boone] came up with this great idea of two people tethered to each other somehow, walking through a woods, and he had this beautiful area that he had access to that was attached to his family somehow," Cousins tells Billboard. "It was really exciting to me that these are two local, young filmmakers and they gathered their friends to be in it and to help out and made it really beautiful."
Due out February 3 via Outside Music, The Guardian says of Natural Conclusion, “…her voice draws you in until you realize you are at the heart of the storm,” while The Bluegrass Situation notes, “The album is full of space, exquisitely stitched into each lyric and musical arrangement.” No Depression furthers, “Cousins and Henry have created an emotional landscape full of beauty and conquest. It is formidable.” Cousins is set to take to the road in support of the album, beginning February 8 with a string of dates throughout North America. Full tour dates can be found below.
On Natural Conclusion, Rose Cousins steps boldly forward, a fully mature writer and artist in her next great stride. Cousins took a deliberate break from her active touring schedule and traveled to create – Toronto, Los Angeles, Boston, Nashville, Ireland. Her goal was to connect with artists, writers, and producers to make songs in new ways, new sounds with new people, not knowing where they would go and not needing to. Her catalogue and perspective expanded.
Cousins enlisted Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry for the recording of Natural Conclusion. “Joe is a poet, a thoughtful, contemplative writer,” says Cousins. “That poetry and thoughtfulness transfers to his approach in production. It’s about the right life for the song and the right musicians to make that happen.” She and Henry each gathered trusted colleagues and met in Toronto. Henry brought longtime collaborators from Los Angeles; Engineer Ryan Freeland, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist David Piltch, who collectively worked on many notable projects (Bonnie Raitt, Solomon Burke, Allen Toussaint, Billy Bragg).
Cousins invited Toronto pianist Aaron Davis (Holly Cole, Jane Siberry) and guitar player Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer); touring mates Asa Brosius (Anais Mitchell, Heavy Blinkers) from Halifax on pedal/lap steel and dobro, and Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Ray Lamontagne) from Boston on bass; friend and fellow PEIslander violin/violist Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!) added strings and joined the choir that also included Hickman and longtime friends Jill Barber, Caroline Brookes (Good Lovelies), and Miranda Mullholland (Great Lake Swimmers).
“My goal was to be wide open emotionally,” says Cousins. “This band created a space for me to rise as a musician yet let me lead. Ultimately this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable and real. I suppose not unlike the subject matter within.” The result is what Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date.
ROSE COUSINS LIVE
Feb 8 - Washington, DC - Gypsy Sally’s
Feb 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Ardmore Music Hall
Feb 12 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage
Feb 14 - Paris, ON - Dominion Telegraph
Feb 15 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
Feb 16 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall / Massey Presents
Feb 17 - Ottawa, ON - Studio Theatre / National Arts Centre
Feb 18 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
Feb 22 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
Feb 23 - Portsmouth, NH - The Press Room
Feb 24 & 25 - Boston, MA - Club Passim
Feb 26 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
Mar 3 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
Mar 5 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
Mar 7 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota
Mar 10 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
Mar 11 - Regina, SK - Artesian
Mar 12 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
Mar 16 - Calgary, AB - Ironwood
Mar 17 - St. Albert, AB - Arden Theatre
Mar 18 - Victoria, BC - St. Ann’s Auditorium
Mar 19 - Vancouver BC - Wise Hall / Vancouver Folk Festival Presents
Mar 22 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
Mar 23 - Sisters, OR - Sisters HS Auditorium / Sisters Folk Festival Presents
Mar 24 - Portland, OR - Alberta Rose Theatre
Mar 25 - Ashland, OR - Brickroom
Mar 26 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Mar 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
Apr 3 - St John’s, NL - LSPU Hall
Apr 5 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s Church
Apr 6 - Fredericton, NB - Wilmot United Church
Apr 7 - Moncton, NB - Tide & Boar Ballroom
Apr 8 - Charlottetown, PEI - Confederation Centre