2019 album also available on CD.
‘Hurting Kind’ is John Paul White’s - formerly one-half of Grammy-winning duo the Civil Wars and Single Lock co-founder - third solo album. White, who recently debuted the forthcoming album’s “The Long Way Home,” a bright, muscular track, notes that unlike the gothic folk and acoustic ballads populating his 2016 solo album ‘Beulah’, his new album ‘The Hurting Kind’ was inspired by listening to artists including Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins and Bill Porter. Drawing on these timeless influences, White sought out classic writers like Whisperin’ Bill Anderson and Bobby Braddock to collaborate with. “Coming out of each and every one of these situations, I got a resounding thumbs-up that I was on that right track,” says White of the collaborations. “I didn’t need anybody else’s approval after that.”
With ‘The Hurting Kind’, White draws on the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s, writing about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships and the fading memory of a loved one.
“I approached this album differently on the songwriting side before I ever got into the studio,” says White. “I really wanted there to be a torch song quality to it, the classic timeless quality. To not be afraid of the big note, and not be afraid of the drama. ”The new record, co-produced by White with Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner, features vocal assistance from Lee Ann Womack, Erin Rae, and the Secret Sisters, and was recorded in a number of studios around Muscle Shoals, Alabama, not far from White’s home base in Florence. Co-writers on the project include Nashville songwriting legends Bobby Braddock and Bill Anderson.
In the half-decade since the breakup of White’s duo, the Civil Wars, the singer-songwriter has remained busy as a producer, working on a number of acclaimed albums, including Donnie Fritts’ 2015 ‘Oh My Goodness’ and, more recently, Lera Lynn’s 2018 duets collection ‘Plays Well With Others.’