Grammy- nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins is set to drop his new album, My Stupid Heart, October 23rd on Rounder Sugar Hill. Rolling Stone Country exclusively announced the release last week. My Stupid Heart is available for pre-order now.
Produced by Lari White (Toby Keith), and recorded at The Holler in Nashville, Tenn, My Stupid Heart features appearances by Michael Rhodes (bass), Gerry Hansen (drums, percussion), Jerry McPherson (electric guitar), Guthrie Trapp (mandolin, bazouki) and Dan Dugmore (steel guitar.) Mullins was also joined by Chuck Cannon (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Max Gomez (vocals), who helped to co-write several of the songs this release.
My Stupid Heart addresses some of the perceived relationship failures Mullins was experiencing when he wrote this album. The result is Mullins’ most revealing record yet. A collection of 10 deeply personal songs, it explores themes of love and loss. Mullins says, “This record came out of all that; all the feelings, all the heartache.”
Throughout the album, Mullins deftly balances songs of suffering — from the title tune and “Go and Fall,” to the powerful, yet subtle social commentary of “Ferguson” — with songs such as “Roll On By,” which strikes an upbeat note of hope.
There’s humor, too. “It All Comes Down to Love” targets preachers, politicians, the NRA, Wall Street, and street dealers; and “Pre-Apocalyptic Blues” hilariously lampoons the doom-mongers arming themselves against Armageddon. The Levon Helm-influenced “Never Gonna Let Her Go” reveals the thrills of riding that relationship roller-coaster, and even the sigh of resignation that is “The Great Unknown” contains lines so striking, you can’t help but smile at their brilliance and depth.
The theme of this record, he says, is summed up most succinctly by another song title: “It All Comes Down to Love.” In that respect, Mullins says, it’s not all that different from most of his discography, including his last release, 2010’s Light You Up. Mullins has garnered acclaim and amassed a devout fan base with his previous releases, including 1998’s Soul’s Core, the album that shot him to fame on the strength of its Grammy-nominated No. 1 hit, “Lullaby,” and 2006’s 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor, which contained his AAA/Americana No. 1, “Beautiful Wreck.”
A tour in support of My Stupid Heart will take place this fall, and will include stops in Nashville, Chicago and Atlanta. Mullins has also confirmed appearances at the SOWE Music Festival and Red River Folk Festival in September.
1. The Great Unknown
2. It All Comes Down to Love
4. My Stupid Heart
5. Roll On By
6. Go and Fall
7. Gambler's Heart
8. Never Gonna Let Her Go
10. Pre-Apocalyptic Blues
9/19/2015 / SOWE Music Festival Mamaroneck, NY
9/25/2015 / Red River Folk Festival Red River, NM
10/2/2015 / Icicle Creek Center for the Arts Leavenworth, WA
10/3/2015 / Revolution Hall Portland, OR
10/4/2015 / The Triple Door Seattle, WA
10/20/2015 / Duck Room at Blueberry Hill St Louis, MO
10/21/2015 / City Winery Chicago, IL
10/22/2015 / SPACE Evanston, IL
10/23/2015 / Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI
10/24/2015 / Indy Acoustic Cafe Series Indianapolis, IN
10/25/2015 / The Listening Room Port Clinton, OH
10/27/2015 / The Southgate House Revival Newport, KY
10/28/2015 / Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
10/29/2015 / The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
10/30/2015 / City Winery Nashville, TN
11/28/2015 / Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA