Amy Helm sought what she calls a circular sound for her new album. The 10 tracksof This Too Shall Light, due September 21 on Yep Roc Records, are marked bystreaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-partharmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave.Produced by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry, This Too ShallLight comprises a diverse range of influences. Although a profound songwriterherself, Helm and Henry jointly arranged powerful new versions of songs includingRod Stewarts Mandolin Wind, Allen Toussaints Freedom for the Stallion, andthe Milk Carton Kids Michigan. The title track in particular, written by Hiss GoldenMessengers MC Taylor and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Bob Weir, Craig Finn), is abrilliant summation of the records sound and spirit a positive and proactivemanipulation of the old adage that This too shall pass.The daughter of The Bands legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm andsinger/songwriter Libby Titus, Helm began her musical career as a foundingmember of the alt-country collective Ollabelle and later served as a backingmusician in her father's Midnight Ramble Band. While This Too Shall Light is onlyHelms second album under her own name, it serves as a comprehensive portraitcovering her life's journeys and recoveries; Theyre the stories that, no matterwhere they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle.
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