After her two wins at the Grammy Awards, Tanya Tucker was joined by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings to perform "Hard Luck" on The Ellen Show.
Sometimes a song tells a story, about the listener, the artist, or what’s happening in the here and now. Sometimes it does all three. “All it Takes is Time” from modern folk duo, Joselyn & Don, is that sort of song. The Americana/roots inspired single, set to be released February 25, uses the Missouri River in their native Montana as a metaphor for the forces that unite or divide us, from our closest relationships to partisan differences too big to cross. “I would swim out to meet you, if you would do the same,” Joselyn sings, in a soulful voice that hints of country, blues and confessional folk. Don’s “travis style” fingerpicked guitar perfectly complements her tenor ukulele, while outlaw electric guitar riffs cue the listener that there is more to this project than acoustic Americana.
The debut full-length album from Joselyn & Don, “Hollywood Angel,” due out later this year, is planted in American roots, and fittingly, branches out into folk rock, sophisticated ballads and soul. The music video for “All it Takes is Time” will premiere March 2nd. It was directed by Joselyn’s brother, feature film documentary director, Spencer Wilkinson. “We stumbled onto the perfect location in Malibu Creek, he says, “The mist rising off the water and delicate fall colors became characters in the song.”
Joselyn & Don have been making music as long as they can remember – just not necessarily together. The couple stayed busy - Joselyn with her African fusion band, ADAAWE and her work in arts education, and Don as film editor for “The Simpsons” and freelance trumpet player. Raising their young son, Joselyn found it tricky to balance motherhood and work, and put aside her original music for several years. But she always kept a pen and notebook handy to catch ideas as they came. Luckily, she found her best collaborator across the dinner table. It didn’t take much convincing for Don to pick up his Taylor guitar to interpret Joselyn’s piano arrangements, and co-write several new tunes. “It was clear that these songs needed to be out in the world,” he said.
The pair converted their garage in Los Angeles into a recording studio, filled with their collection of instruments and vintage gear. The upcoming album was recorded in their own Garden Studios, with Don on guitars, drums, horns and bass, and friends Eliza Jane Schneider and Janna Matteoli lending fiddle and background vocals. Besides her vocals and songwriting, Joselyn adds ukulele, keys and various hand drums. “This new project is rooted in my early upbringing in Montana listening to bluegrass and folk, and my connection to nature.” That connection features prominently in several songs on “Hollywood Angel,” and is told from a deeply personal point of view. “I’m writing better songs now than I did in my 20’s,” Joselyn shares, “Motherhood and the challenges I’ve faced in life have enriched my work. Being a musician and sharing your art should be something you can do at any age, because our experience of being human is constantly changing.”
Joselyn & Don have developed their live show the past two years, supporting leading Americana artists, Willie Watson, the Living Sisters, Rose’s Pawn Shop and Chris Stills, and performing in local festivals and venues. They love connecting directly with audiences, and are planning a regional tour in May 2020 through Los Angeles and Central California, in support of the upcoming album. Joselyn & Don are a refreshing new voice in modern folk, combining exceptional songs with strong musicianship, delivered straight from the heart.
Find “All it Takes is Time” on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and other platforms on February 25th, and the video on March 2nd. Follow Joselyn & Don on social media @JoselynDon and on their website, bit.ly/Joselyn-Don.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will offer insight into country music’s latest chapter with the opening of its first exhibition of 2020, American Currents: State of the Music, on Friday, March 6, 2020. The exhibit runs through Feb. 7, 2021.
Now an annual offering, American Currents: State of the Music represents the ongoing research, analysis, vigorous debate, and yes, even argument, among curators and museum staff to determine the most important developments in country music over the previous year.
“Each year brings new components to the country music story, and 2019 was no different,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Last year, we witnessed unprecedented collaborations, record-breaking chart success and the continued evolution of the genre, reaching a broader audience. American Currents allows us to highlight these moments and share their significance in country music history.”
Those featured in American Currents: State of the Music are artists, musicians and songwriters who have shaped today’s country music story. Those included in this year’s exhibition are: Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jenee Fleenor, Florida Georgia Line, Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, The Highwomen, Lil Nas X, Hillary Lindsey, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen.
The exhibit also features the Unbroken Circle, which illustrates the connection between country music’s past, present and future by sharing the stories of today’s artists and those who have influenced them. Included in this part of the exhibit are Erin Enderlin and Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire; Cody Johnson and Chris LeDoux; Billy Strings and Jerry Douglas; Tenille Townes and Patty Griffin; and Yola and Country Music Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton.
For more information about American Currents: State of the Music, visit www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org.
The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards haven’t official begun yet and Tanya Tucker is already a winner. At the age of 61, this is Tanya first nomination and win in 16 years. Today she takes home the award for Best Country Song for “Bring My Flowers Now” and Best Country Album for “While I’m Livin.” Accepting her award Tanya praises Brandi Carlile, whom she recorded the record with saying “I met Brandi, and I’ve never met such a talented person in my life. And we did this record together. I’m so honored there’s no word to express how I feel right now.” With Tanya providing that dreams can be achieved at any age, Brandi commented “This is really Tanya’s moment, and this is her song and this song is the story of her life. At 61 years old, it’s a woman in country music leading the way.”
Both Tucker and Carlile are set to perform on the Grammy stage tonight. Watch on CBS from 5-8pm PT.