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Los Angeles, U.S.A. – Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sandi Thom, best known for her No.1 platinum album ‘Smile… It Confuses People’ and hit single ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’, is pleased to confirm the August 14th release of her fourth studio album ‘Flesh and Blood’. Produced by the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, and featuring a rare duet with Buffy Sainte-Marie, the album was recorded at 16 Tons studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It is Sandi’s fourth album following 2010′s critically acclaimed ‘Merchants and Thieves’, which won Album of the Year at the Scottish Music Awards.
The first single, ‘Sun Comes Crashing Down’ is available as a free download on www.sandithom.com. It’s currently No. 2 on the UK’s Amazon Free Download chart.
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Flesh and Blood is Sandi’s second release on the independent label she founded and heads as CEO,Guardian Angels Records (distributed by Fontana, Universal).
The highly anticipated new album radiates the raunchy blues rock bravado of the opening track ‘Help Me’, followed by the country-flavored Leadbelly classic ‘In The Pines’. The album also features the strutting, clavinet-led ‘Stormy Weather’; and the emotionally compelling finale ‘Lay Your Burden Down’.
It features an all-star ensemble led by Black Crowes Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman and fellow Black Crowes member and widely travelled session guitarist Audley Freed; respected Nashvillestars Mike Webb (keys/Dobro) and James Haggerty (bass) complete the line-up with special guest performances from Rolling Stones collaborator, saxophonist Bobby Keys, and a stunning duet with the legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on her 1992 classic ‘The Big Ones Get Away’.
“Sandi really stretched herself and made a bold new album,” reflects Rich Robinson, “Her songs are honest, vulnerable and very strong. Her vocal abilities are showcased really well, as is her guitar work, and harp playing. I think Sandi’s made a great record. It was a joy to work with her.”
Legendary classic rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa) also mixed two tracks, Sun Comes Crashing Down and the duet with Buffy Sainte Marie on Big Ones Get Away .
“Sandi’s writing is fantastic,” says Shirley, “and her singing is wonderful. Sun Comes Crashing Downhas all the right ingredients to be a hit.”
The intriguingly titled ‘I Love You Like A Lunatic’, is based on her “life-changing” love affair with superstar blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The couple has been together three years now, living and loving on and off the road. Sandi likens it to a modern-day Johnny Cash and June Carter fairy-tale. “My life just turned crazy,” says Sandi. “Yet that’s what everybody wants, that insane kind of love that utterly consumes you.”
Sandi feels that Flesh and Blood is her coming of age album. “All I ever want to do is write songs that connect with people,” says Sandi. “With this album I’ve finally found a place where I can make the very best music I can achieve. The people that only know me from Punk Rocker won’t recognize me on this album. But they are going to find out another side of me.”
Sandi first gained widespread attention from a series of webcasts she staged from her London apartment which caught the attention of RCA Records, who released her debut album ‘Smile… It Confuses People’.
With supporters such as Paul McCartney, it entered the UK album sales chart at #1 fueled by the popularity of single Punk Rocker, which won an Ivor Novello award; it was also nominated for a BRIT award and a Digital Music Award. Sandi has sold over 2 million records worldwide, reaching No. 1′s in UK,Ireland, Sweden and Australia, and has headlined world-renowned festivals such as Glastonbury and the Fuji Rock Festival.
Sandi will embark on a world tour this year, visiting the US, UK, Europe and Australia.
Flesh and Blood – Track Listing
Image Courtesy of Sandi Thom