Allison Russell Releases “The Runner,” New Album out 5/21 on Fantasy, Performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On 5/25

Next week, on Friday, May 21st, Allison Russell will release her first ever solo project, the highly anticipated Outside Child (produced by Dan Knobler) on Fantasy Records. Today, she shares her deeply personal track, “The Runner,” with guest vocals courtesy of Yola. On May 25th, Russell will make her late night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing her single “Nightflyer.” The performance will also feature Brittney Spencer and Brandi Carlile. 



Allison Russell on “The Runner”

I left home at 15, I managed to finish high school, start my first year of college – I worked terrible telemarketing jobs… My adoptive father continued to stalk and harass me around the city. When I was 17, I ran farther – across the country- from Montreal, QC to Vancouver, BC. I was deeply despairing, suicidal, self-harming – and then music saved me 

Russell will be returning to Newport Folk July 23-28 as a solo artist. She played the festival previously with Our Native Daughters and also sat in with Mavis Staples and Hozier. In addition she’ll play the Moon River Music Festival on Sept 11th in Chattanooga, TN. On Tuesday, May 18th she’ll make herCountry Music Hall of Fame Debut at 7PM CT. Russell will also hold a live concert release day event to stream via Bandcamp on Friday, May 21st. The event will feature Russell and her band playing songs from the new album for the first time in the live setting. The stream will take place at 9PM ET / 8 PM CT. Tickets are on sale today via Bandcamp. Proceeds will benefit The National Bail Out #FreeBlackMamas initiative. The National Bail Out Collective is a Black-led collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. For more information visit:

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