New Album Cold Comfort out on April 3rd via Sidewalk/Curb Records
Singer/songwriter Ruthie Collins will release her anticipated sophomore album Cold Comfort on April 3rd via Sidewalk/Curb Records. A captivating blend of cinematic roots, intimate folk, and old-school country, the album foregoes the pop shine of Collins’ earlier work in favor of a rawer, more honest sound. Today she released her newest single “Bad Woman,” a tongue-in-cheek ballad that takes comfort in embracing our truest selves.
Listen to “Bad Woman” HERE.
“I was thinking about what it would be like to not have the moral responsibilities of trying so hard to be a good person, of always trying to do the right thing,” Collins told Taste of Country who featured the song. “I think as women especially, we are raised to constantly be thinking of putting others’ needs first, and I was doing a lot of spiritual work that was putting that belief into question. Sometimes to find balance in life, I have to swing the pendulum all the way to the other side of a spectrum to find the middle ground. ‘Bad Woman’ was an exercise in that.”
With hints of Americana legends like Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris, Cold Comfort pairs rich, orchestral strings and sweeping pedal steel with hypnotizing harmonies and indelible hooks. The songs span the last five years of Collins’ life, charting her sometimes-harrowing emotional evolution with boldly vulnerable lyrics and unflinching self-examination, and her delivery is both heartrending and soul bearing to match. Along with producer/guitarist Wes Harllee and Grammy-winner Ryan Freeland, the result is an album that learns to make peace with pain, a lush, moving record that finds strength in sadness, gratitude in hardship, and growth in the most unlikely of places.
“Bad Woman” follows the release of “Cold Comfort,” a bittersweet song that comes to terms with the things we’ll never get back. Consequence of Sound picked it for their Songs You Need To Know list while The Boot called it “a song that’s all about the small, yet devastating, realizations that come as a person heals from a breakup.”
Lead track “Joshua Tree” is also out now along with the “heartbreaking” (CMT) video which features a modern-day setting inspired by the tragic story of Gram Parson’s death at the Joshua Tree Inn. The song was praised by Billboard for its “ethereal vocals alongside soaring strings features, minimal piano parts, and delicate percussion.”
Since joining Curb Records in 2011, Collins immediately began turning heads with a series of critically acclaimed releases and show-stopping festival performances everywhere from Stagecoach to FarmBorough. Rolling Stone stated “Collins’ voice has the fluttery nuances more common in Seventies Laurel Canyon than in modern country,” while the Los Angeles Times praised her “sunny demeanor.” CMT also named her to their prestigious “Next Women Of Country” series.
01) Joshua Tree
03) Dang Dallas
04) Hey Little Girl
06) Bad Woman
08) Cold Comfort
09) Wish You Were Here
10) You Can’t Remember
11) Beg Steal Borrow
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