Puss N Boots—the charming trio featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper—have announced a February 14th release date for their second full-length album, Sister.
The first single “It’s Not Easy” featuring a lead vocal by Jones is available to hear below…
The band will also play two NYC album release shows – February 14 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn and February 15 at Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan – and appear at the 2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 25. Additional tour dates will be announced shortly.
Sister is a fetching collection of originals written by the band members collectively and individually, mixed with loving covers of songs by Tom Petty (“Angel Dream”), Dolly Parton (“The Grass Is Blue”), Paul Westerberg (“It’s a Wonderful Lie”), and Concrete Blonde (“Joey”). Jones, Dobson, and Popper each take turns delivering lead vocals and also pick up multiple instruments throughout the album trading off on guitar, bass, and drums.
“This band has always been a great adventure,” says Jones. “Sasha and Cat’s fearlessness eggs me on to try new things, be it playing guitar, drums, writing a new way or wearing an elf costume on stage. We feed off of each other’s eagerness to jump in, sink or swim. And singing together feels like the most natural thing in the world. It’s a real privilege to have found this space together, try different things and to watch this band grow into what is at this moment. It is ever evolving and so fun.”
“For me this band has always been an incredible and uniquely safe outlet for trying new things,” adds Dobson. “For example, I’d been writing all year on bass but was too shy to tell anyone, but when Norah asked me if I had anything new, before I knew it we were covering those tunes and I was playin’ bass in the band!”
“We were rehearsing for something and we took a break,” recalls Popper. “I sat at the drums and started messing around, Norah came back and picked up a guitar and riffed, and Sasha picked up the bass, and in an hour we had ‘It’s Not Easy.’ My bandmates just love to make music and it’s been a great learning experience for me about setting my ego aside and taking a chance.”
The track listing for Sister is as follows:
- Jamola (Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones, Catherine Popper)
- It’s Not Easy (Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones, Catherine Popper)
- Nothing You Can Do (Sasha Dobson)
- Lucky (Catherine Popper)
- You And Me (Sasha Dobson)
- You Don’t Know (Norah Jones)
- The Great Romancer (Sasha Dobson, Don Was)
- It’s A Wonderful Lie (Paul Westerberg)
- Sister (Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones, Catherine Popper)
- The Razor Song (Catherine Popper)
- Angel Dream (Tom Petty)
- Same Old Bullshit (Helen Rogers)
- Joey (Johnette Napolitano) CD & digital album only
- The Grass Is Blue (Dolly Parton) CD & digital album only
Puss N Boots first formed in 2008 as a live band performing around Brooklyn. With a repertoire anchored in Americana, country, folk, pop and rock, the band became an outlet for Jones, Dobson and Popper to switch instruments and allowed them to showcase a different side of themselves than on their various solo and side projects.
After years of live performances, the trio decided to make a full-length album which resulted in their 2014 debut No Fools, No Fun. Comprised of originals and covers, studio recordings and live performances, the album led to TV performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and CBS This Morning.
The group has opened for Neil Young and appeared at numerous festivals including the Clearwater Festival, Green River Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival. In 2019, Puss N Boots performed “The Grass Is Blue” at the GRAMMY MusiCares charity event honoring Person of the Year Award recipient Dolly Parton.