Elle King can do many things, ranging from exuberant alternative/punk to soul-pop. She’s also been a compelling presence in country music; winning both Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards, breaking the 30-year-old, glass-ceiling record for women on the radio charts with her single “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home).” She’s collaborated with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Ashley McBryde and had been on tour with Chris Stapleton for the better part of 2022; it’s been an unbridled love fest with Nashville’s music community.
Today, King dropped a never-before-released song by acclaimed artist Tyler Childers, entitled “Jersey Giant.”
“Tyler Childers is not too far from where my family lives and he’s a legend,” said King. “The life of a song is something so beautiful to me, and country music has taught me to see that the opportunity to sing a song written by someone else, is nothing short of a gift, a blessing. When you hear a song and say ‘I wish I wrote that,’ you know it’s a good’un. I was humbled and so excited that Tyler gave his song to me. I tried to blend the two worlds of honouring traditional bluegrass, and what country music is to me. Thank you, Tyler, for your music, and thank you for entrusting me with this gift. I’m so excited for everyone to hear it.”
“I wrote ‘Jersey Giant’ over ten years ago and only performed it for a short period of time,” said Childers. “I was pleased with how it turned out structurally (it even has a bridge, which is rare for me), but I was over-performing it pretty fast. I reckon that’s just how songs go sometimes. They can be like that coat you saw and had to have, only to get it home and think, ‘Why gah, I ain’t never gonna wear this thing.’ Or, one that you got from an ex which you would rather just toss out. But that’s not saying anything against the coat, it just doesn’t fit me anymore and hasn’t for some time. I’m super excited that Ms. King has dusted this old song off and given it a new life. I’m extremely grateful for her seeing the potential in this tune and wish her the best out there on the road. Break a leg, Elle! And stay warm.”
King, who provides lead and background vocals and is featured on acoustic guitar, co-produced the track with award-winning, singer-writer and multi-instrumentalist and reigning ACM Acoustic Guitar Player of the Year, Charlie Worsham. Worsham lends his signature sound for background vocals, plus acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo.
King will join Childers on his 2023 ‘Send in the Hounds Tour’ at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 2 and 3.
King is set to release her new album Come Get Your Wife, on January 27th. The record includes her current single, “Worth A Shot” (feat. Dierks Bentley), which hit No. 1 this past weekend on SiriusXM’s, The Highway Hot 30 Countdown.
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