The self-titled full-length debut from emerging Canadian singer/songwriter Colter Wall will be released May 12 on Young Mary’s Record Co. via Thirty Tigers. In advance of the release, Rolling Stone is premiering the album’s lead track, “Thirteen Silver Dollars.” The track can now be streamed via SoundCloud and Spotify and is available as an instant download with each album pre-order.
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the 11-track album was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. In addition to Wall on vocals and acoustic guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Chris Powell (Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson) on drums, Robbie Turner (Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton) on pedal steel and Mike Webb (Southern Family) on piano.
Of the album, Wall comments, “I certainly feel like this record is far more mature than the EP in the content of the songs, stories and general sound. This record is a little more personal and most all the stories are true tales of my life.” He continues, “Dave’s a remarkable producer and equally impressive as a musician. Having both Dave the producer and Dave the player on this record felt like winning the lottery. I feel that way about everyone who played on this record. Kind of surreal really.”
A native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan Canada, Wall’s sound is comprised of resonate and raw baritone vocals, folk and bluegrass style guitar and banjo picking, steady kick-drum stomping, and visually provoking, story telling lyrics. Since debuting in 2015 with the release of his EP, Imaginary Appalachia, Wall has received overwhelming acclaim—Steve Earle declares, “Colter Wall is bar-none the best young singer-songwriter I’ve seen in twenty years,” while Rick Rubin, who recently signed Wall to his American Songs publishing company, proclaims, “Colter sings and writes songs in ways seemingly lost in time. There is an agelessness about him so unusual in someone so young.”
Additionally, Rolling Stone selected him as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” praising, “Sounds Like: The rough-hewn rumblings of a 21 year-old Canadian millennial armed with the weathered voice, writing chops and bushy facial hair of his 1970s country favorites.” Moreover, Wall’s song, “Sleeping On The Backtop,” was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film, “Hell or High Water.” The track has gone on to garner over one million streams on Spotify.
In celebration of the release, Wall will tour throughout 2017, including several SXSW showcases as well as upcoming dates with Margo Price and Cody Jinks. See below for details. Additional dates to be announced soon.
COLTER WALL TRACK LIST
1. Thirteen Silver Dollars (Colter Wall)
2. Codeine Dream (Colter Wall)
3. Me and Big Dave (Colter Wall)
4. Motorcycle (Colter Wall)
5. Kate McCannon (Colter Wall)
6. W.B.’s Talkin (Colter Wall)
7. Snake Mountain Blues (Townes Van Zandt)
8. You Look To Yours (Colter Wall)
9. Transcendent Ramblin’ Railroad Blues (Colter Wall)
10. Fraulein (feat. Tyler Childers, traditional folk song)
11. Bald Butte (Colter Wall)
COLTER WALL SXSW SCHEDULE
March 15—Paradigm Agency Presents The Hideout @ The Palm Door on Sabine, 9:00pm
March 16—Austin City Limits’ “Bloody Mary Morning” @ GSD&M courtyard, 10:20am
March 16—BreakOut West Presents: The Best From The West @ Swan Dive, 9:00pm
March 18—SXSW Outdoor Stage @ Lady Bird Lake, 2:15pm
COLTER WALL CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
March 15-18—Austin, TX—SXSW (see above for details)
March 24—Austin, TX—Emo’s*
March 25—Dallas, TX—The Kessler*
March 26—Oklahoma City, OK—ACM @ OCU Performance Lab*