Release Date: Mar 24, 2017
Record label: Legacy
Genre(s): Country, Gospel, Religious, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Progressive Country, Outlaw Country, Country Gospel, Traditional Country
The plainspoken title The Psalms may suggest a straightforward gospel album, but this 2017 album is anything but straightforward. Jessi Colter recorded The Psalms with Lenny Kaye, the guitarist best known for his collaboration with Patti Smith. The pair became acquainted when Kaye was assisting Colter's late husband Waylon Jennings in writing his autobiography and, during this time, the writer discovered that the singer would often sit at her piano and improvise melodies to passages from the Book of Psalms.
It has been just over 10 years since 2006's rightly celebrated Don Was-produced Out of the Ashes, the last batch of new material from country legend Jessi Colter and, at the time, her first release in 20 years. Prolific she is not. That doesn't change now on this set of a dozen of King David's biblical Psalms; the basic tracks of Colter and her piano were recorded live in the studio during two-day sessions in 2007 and 2008.