Releases new single “Good, Better, Best”
From new album Sorry You Couldn’t Make It
out March 6 on Joyful Noise Recordings
“Swamp Dogg and Jerry Williams live inside the same brain, sometimes getting along and sometimes fighting. Out of their unusual relationship have come some of the strangest, most compelling records of the past half century.” – American Songwriter
Swamp Dogg aka Jerry Williams today releases his new single “Good, Better, Best” from his forthcoming album Sorry You Couldn’t Make It, out on March 6th via Joyful Noise Recordings and Pioneer Works Press. Swamp Dogg explains his love song saying: ”I’ve always felt that everything in this world could be improved upon; nevertheless, what we have will service you for your present needs and satisfaction, ‘as is,’ if that day never comes. Optimism at all times is my cry in addition to knowing it when you see it.”
Swamp Dogg recently announced he’ll play a special album release show headlining Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 19th a day before supporting John Prine’s sold-out show at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theatre on June 20th.
“Good, Better, Best” follows his duet with John Prine, “Memories,” and first single “Sleeping Without You Is A Dragg” featuring piano by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and backing vocals by Jenny Lewis and Channy Leaneagh (Poliça) that collectively earned praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone (‘70 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020’), NPR Music, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Paste, and Brooklyn Vegan, among others. American Songwriter recently spoke with Swamp Dogg about the making of his new record, calling him “one of the strangest and most elusive of R&B geniuses.” Read the feature HERE.
The follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed, Olson-produced Love, Loss, And Auto-Tune, torry You Couldn’t Make It allows Williams to finally dive into the sound he grew up playing: country. While the 77 year-old’s most enduring persona is the psychedelic soul superhero Swamp Dogg—a musical vigilante upholding truths both personal and political since 1970’s immortal album, Total Destruction To Your Mind—he will tell anybody who will listen that he’s considered himself country this entire time. “If you notice I use a lot of horns,” Swamp says. “But actually, if you listen to my records before I start stacking shit on it, I’m country. I sound country.”
These are narratives about love, of missing the one you love, of compassion, family and friends, and even the kind of love that transcends death. Produced by Ryan Olson (Poliça),Sorry You Couldn’t Make It sees Swamp come full circle, and closes what has felt to him like unfinished business. “They didn’t have any blacks in country until Charlie Pride came along,” he says. “But in time, all things change and that’s what has happened to country music.” Surveying today’s Nashville reality, Swamp sees opportunity: artists as divergent as Darius Rucker and Lil Nas X are converging in a genre that he once worried might never give him his shot. “I’m anxious because it’s like I’ve taken all my money and put it on one horse,” he says. “But I believe in this horse.”
Pre-order Sorry You Couldn’t Make It HERE.
Sorry You Couldn’t Make It Tracklisting:
- Sleeping Without You Is A Dragg
- Good, Better, Best
- Don’t Take Her (She’s All I Got)
- Family Pain
- I Lay Awake
- Memories (feat. John Prine)
- I’d Rather Be Your Used To be
- A Good Song
- Please Let Me Go Round Again (feat. John Prine)