Ever since Jennifer Nettles announced that she was recording her first-ever solo album, anticipation has been building. But this past Monday the Sugarland singer finally previewed five of the songs during a listening session in Nashville.
Nettles attended the session and talked about the songs. She also described her experience recording them at Shangri-La Studio in Malibu, California with producer Rick Rubin, who she said was “super-active in the recording.”
The Nashville Tennessean described the songs as “minimally produced” and often possessing a “’70s vibe.” Nettles’ comments echoed that as well. “I wanted this record to breathe and be sparse and not be a wall of sound,” she said. “I wanted it to be emotional and raw.”
According to the Tennessean, the tracklist includes material co-written by pop artists Butch Walker and Richard Marx as well as country hitmakers Tim Owens (a co-writer on Sugarland’s hit “Settlin'”) and Derek George.
“I think this album plays to my roots,” Nettles said during the preview session. “There’s country, gospel, ’70s music, singer-songwriter stuff, as well. It has been a joy to get to explore those parts of myself. I’m excited and nervous at the same time – all of those things you are when something is important to you.”
Among the songs on the album–which does not yet have a title or release date–is a cover of Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock,” which she said came at the suggestion of Rubin.