Waxahatchee Returns With New Album

Waxahatchee, the solo project of Alabama-born and Kansas City-based Katie Crutchfield, is returning with her most confident and resilient album to date. Her first on new label home ANTI-, “Tigers Blood”, is available for pre-order now, and due March 22nd. Here we see Crutchfield emerge as a powerhouse – an ethnologist of the self – forever dedicated to revisiting her wins and losses. But now she’s arriving at revelations and she ain’t holding them back. “Tigers Blood” also finds Crutchfield folding new collaborators into her world, with performances on the album by MJ Lenderman, Spencer Tweedy and Phil and Brad Cook.

Alongside the album announcement, Waxahatchee shares the single “Right Back To It” with a video directed by Corbett Jones & Nick Simonite. MJ Lenderman adds guitar and harmony vocals to the track, a nod to country duets like Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons, winding over a steadfast banjo from Phil Cook.

Crutchfield tells us “Right Back To It” was an early song that came together for “Tigers Blood”. ‘I wrote it backstage at Wolf Trap when I was on tour opening for Jason Isbell and Sheryl Crow. I’m really interested in writing love songs that are gritty and unromantic. I wanted to make a song about the ebb and flow of a longtime love story. I thought it might feel untraditional but a little more in alignment with my experience to write about feeling insecure or foiled in some way internally, but always finding your way back to a newness or an intimacy with the same person.’

Crutchfield says that she wrote most of the songs on ‘Tigers Blood’ during a “hot hand spell” while on tour at the end of 2022. And when it came time to record, Crutchfield returned to her trusted producer Brad Cook and the Sonic Ranch in the border town Tornillo, Texas, a collaborator and place that also helped bring her sound to a groundbreaking turning point on 2020’s “Saint Cloud”.

“Saint Cloud” was a breakthrough album for Waxahatchee. It was a welcome musical escape for many and cemented her status as an important voice in the indie-Americana scene. Now with “Tigers Blood” we see Crutchfield dig even deeper, the result is a complex and beautiful album that is sure to find a special place in people’s hearts once again.

Additionally, Waxahatchee announces a 2024 U.S. tour in support of “Tigers Blood” that kicks off with a hometown show at Kansas City’s Uptown Theater on April 18th and goes through September. Tour highlights include shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium.

“Tigers Blood” Track List:

  1. 3 Sisters
  2. Evil Spawn
  3. Ice Cold
  4. Right Back To It
  5. Burns Out At Midnight
  6. Bored
  7. Lone Star Lake
  8. Crimes Of The Heart
  9. Crowbar
  10. 365
  11. The Wolves
  12. Tigers Blood
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