Making what she calls a “true” album — something “that you want to sit down and listen to as an experience” — is a priority to Aubrie Sellers. But the country singer is fully aware that music isn’t always consumed in full-size portions.
“It would be ideal to drop the entire thing at once for people to listen to,” Sellers says of Far From Home, “but the reality today is you have to continue to find ways to cut through the noise.”
She’s done that by issuing four singles ahead of Far From Home’s scheduled Feb. 7 release on Soundly Music: “Drag You Down,” “My Love Will Not Change” (featuring Steve Earle), “Worried Mind” and the title track.
“It’s been four years since I released my debut album [2016’s New City Blues], and it was important to reconnect with listeners and rebuild that relationship a little bit when starting to release this new music,” she says.
Sellers (daughter of country star Lee Ann Womack) says she was listening to “a lot of spacey desert music” and Quentin Tarantino soundtracks prior to recording Far From Home at Sonic Ranch, a studio in Tornillo, Texas.
“The whole band can stay there, you eat great Mexican food, and you are all living in it for however long you’re there working,” she recalls. “It was good to get out of Nashville and really focus on making something in an inspiring place without distractions.”
Sellers says the title track to her latest album “came from the feeling of being disconnected from others, or never quite fitting in.”
“I’ve always felt like an outsider, both musically and personally,” she adds. “Sometimes I really think I’m made up of all of these strange dichotomies, wanting to be myself as much as possible and yet simultaneously wanting to connect with people. Having strong opinions, but wanting to be open to what others think and feel. It’s a fine line to walk and discover how to be yourself and still feel like you fit in the larger scheme of being in a community.
“Musically, I’ve tried to embrace all of my influences and turn it into an expression that embraces country, grunge rock, blues, bluegrass — all of the things that inspire me and make me feel like the truest version of myself.”
— By Chris M. Junior
Aubrie Sellers on tour (schedule subject to change):
January 23: Iron City Bham — Birmingham, Alabama +
January 24: Dothan Opera House — Dothan, Alabama +
January 25: Hargray Capitol Theatre — Macon, Georgia +
January 28: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall — Ponte Vedra, Florida +
January 29: Southwest Florida Event Center — Bonita Springs, Florida +
February 7: Town Hall — New York @
February 22: Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center — Midland, Texas +
February 23: Lensic Performing Arts Center — Santa Fe, New Mexico +
February 26: Wheeler Opera House — Aspen, Colorado +
February 27: Odgen Theatre — Denver +
+ With Robert Earl Keen
@ With Tanya Tucker
Photo by Scott Siracusano