THE OTHER WAY IS OUT MAY 3 VIA MEANT WELL
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On May 3, Donovan Woods will release The Other Way via Meant Well, stripping down his JUNO Award winning masterwork Both Ways (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year) to its acoustic essence.
The Other Way brims with inspired interpretations that are intimate yet startling in their urgency. For a producer, Donovan enlisted ace guitarist Todd Lombardo, who recently played most of the guitar work on Kacey Musgraves’ GRAMMY winning juggernaut Golden Hour. Donovan gave Todd artistic license not only to change the chords and song structures but to overhaul the arrangements.
Today, Donovan shares the reimagined version of “Truck Full Of Money”, one of the most dramatically reimagined cuts off The Other Way. Rolling Stone says of the track, “In its original form, ‘Truck Full of Money’ was almost a study in contrasts — it married dramatic, sweeping production to Toronto-based Woods’ meditation on the frequently lonely, unhealthy aspects of a touring musician’s life and the yawning gaps that exist between the few minutes of glory on stage. His new acoustic rendition is slowed down, with 12-string guitar replicating the soaring string melody from the original and mandolin providing some subtle rhythmic counterpoint to Woods’ vocal melodies."
Tenille Townes, a rising country star signed to Columbia Nashville, also joins Donovan on The Other Way via the tender duet “I Ain’t Ever Loved No One”, their voices entwining like a flip side to Tammy Wynette and George Jones.
“It’s always been an interesting idea to me, especially when you’re an artist like me who inherently disappoints some people anytime your sound gets bigger,” Donovan explains. “But a really good song is a good song in any arrangement. It’s like a beautiful hardwood floor. You can put any furniture in there, and it’s going to look good.”
The Other Way comes on the heels of Donovan’s first JUNO Award win; the release of “Go to Her”, his first song of 2019, which The Fader called a “heart-wrenching story of being away from a loved one”, and his five-part Live At Southern Ground Studios video series, which American Songwriter said “captures Woods’ soulful passion, studied craftsmanship.”
THE OTHER WAY TRACKLIST
01 Good Lover
02 Another Way
03 Burn That Bridge
04 Truck Full Of Money
05 Our Friend Bobby
06 I Ain’t Ever Loved No One (feat. Tenille Townes)
07 I Live A Little Lie
08 Easy Street
09 I Don’t Belong To You
10 Read About Memory
11 Great Escape
Jul 6 - Hamilton, ON - The Arboretum
Jul 12 - Vermillion Crossing, BC - Kootenay Park Lodge
Jul 27 - Canso, NS - Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Aug 24 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON - Jackson-Triggs Niagara Amphiteatre