Recollections, the new EP from Wynonna, marks both a literal and a figurative homecoming for the GRAMMY-winning songstress who recorded much of the collection while quarantining on her Tennessee farm in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forced off the road for the first time in years, she found herself reconnecting with her roots as she sang once again for the sheer joy of it, performing a series of loose and lively covers with her husband, former Highway 101 drummer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Cactus Moser.
The gritty ‘King Bee,’ a half-century-old blues tune Wynonna and Moser have been performing live together for years, gets an extra boost of swagger from the couple’s palpable chemistry, with Wynonna bouncing swampy, distorted harmonica riffs off of her husband’s searing slide guitar. “‘King Bee’ reminds me of why I love the blues so much,” Wynonna said.
“I’ve learned a lot being at home these last few months,” Wynonna reflects. “When there’s no touring, no concerts, no band, no lights, no action, all that’s left is you and the song. All that’s left is your gift.”
Recollections is a project so spontaneous and organic she didn’t even realise she was making it at the time. “This EP was a labour of love without the labour,” she laughs. “As a songwriter, you can get bogged down in your own craft sometimes, but there’s something so liberating about letting go of all that and just inhabiting someone else’s writing.”
Recollections also features performances of ‘I Hear You Knocking’ by Fats Domino, ‘Angel From Montgomery’ by John Prine, ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone and ‘Ramble On Rose’ by the Grateful Dead. It will be released on 30th October.