“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a Grammy award nominated songwriter, about to release an eighth studio record, the first in five years and a first on the ace Yep Roc Records. Called “Edgeland”, it was recorded in Nashville using local luminaries, players and collaborators, and also featuring Chuck Prophet and Robyn Hitchcock and it’s out on 30th March. But before it emerges blinking into the sunlight, VS is chuffed to welcome its’ creator, the infinitesimally classy Kim Richey!

Here’s a little taster, the collabo with Chuck Prophet “Whistle On Occasion”…

“Edgeland” features 12 original songs and Kim has written with Maendo Sanz, Mike Henderson, Bill Deasy, Al Anderson, Jenny Queen, Harry Hoke, Chuck Prophet and Pat McLaughlin, with the latter two also playing guitar and mandolin, respectively, on the album.

Here’s the suitably dusty beauty of the sleeve – rhythmic like a desert pumpjack, naturally beautiful like a conifer in a crosswind.

As a songwriter, Richey has written two Number One hits for Radney Foster (“Nobody Wins”) and Trisha Yearwood (“Believe Me Baby”), the latter of which was Grammy-nominated, as well as tunes for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters, Patty Loveless, Jamie Lawson and Jim Lauderdale. And on the alt country stakes she’s way cool too, with vocals on Jason Isbell’s “Southeastern” record and ones by Ryan Adams and Shawn Colvin too.

She doesn’t need to be a wayfarin’ stranger to UK audiences either, since she’s headed our way for a full tour in support of Gretchen Peters, so if you can go and catch her amber hued, honey soothing salve of a voice where it should be heard, up close and personal.

Here’s another Nashville nugget for your delectation “Chase Wild Horses” from “Edgeland” – a melancholic blast from the heart, a Wild Western lament.

And while we’re on a Western tip, Kim’s choice has a nod of the stetson to that by the dint of an iconic actor of the genre. Kim tentatively checked if choosing a musical film sequence rather than a song was ok, like an expeditionary force venturing on new soil…with these qualifying words… “I’ve always been obsessed w/ this movie and this music. It’s is beautiful, comforting and malevolent in turn. the theme of the initial lullaby runs through the piece.”

There’s no rules on VS so with the big thumbs up and without further ado, it’s over to Kim for her “song for ewe”…

“Years ago, I was on a Robert Mitchum kick and ran across “Night of the Hunter” at Block Buster Video – pre-streaming ago. I had no idea what to expect. I just liked the cover and Robert Mitchum. This 1955 dream like film blew my mind. It was the only one Charles Laughton directed and remains my favorite film to this day.

Everything about this black and white battle between good and evil haunts me – the sets, the cinematography, the acting, the story and the music.

The clip I have chosen includes the two original songs. The extraordinary “Pretty Fly” is sung by Betty Benson in place of the little girl, Pearl and “Lullaby” is sung by Kitty White as Pearl and her older brother Billy float down the river at night. The theme from “Pretty Fly” runs through out. The film’s score was composed and arranged by Walter Schuman.”


Pre-order “Edgeland” here…

UK tour dates supporting Gretchen Peters:
19 May – Stamford Corn Exchange, Stamford
20 May – The Stables, Milton Keynes
22 May – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
23 May – The Sage, Gateshead
25 May – Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
26 May – The Atkinson, Southport
27 May – RNCM, Manchester
30 May – Leeds City Varieties, Leeds
31 May – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
02 June – St. George’s Hall, Bristol
03 June – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
12 June – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
13 June – Cadogan Hall, London