At age 73, Jessi Colter is still gracing country music with her incredible talent. Her career has spanned nearly five decades, starting with her debut album A Country Star is Born.
But it was Colter's second album that truly put her on the map. Called I'm Jessi Colter, the album contained her legendary number one hit "I'm Not Lisa."
Colter experienced further success in 1976 when she appeared on the compilation album Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and her husband, Waylon Jennings. The album was the first country music record to ever be certified platinum, instantly establishing Colter as a country icon.
The last album Colter released was 2006's Out of the Ashes. The title referenced the fact that Colter was capable of holding her own following the death of Jennings four years prior.
While Out of the Ashes was a chart success, Colter refrained from releasing new material right away. Finally, after nearly 11 years of waiting, Colter has confirmed a release date for a new album!
Colter's solo EP, The Psalms, is set for release on March 24. Rolling Stone describes the album's content as "intimately personal tunes [that] draw musical inspiration from the Bible's Old Testament poetry attributed to King David."
Guitarist Lenny Kaye serves as the co-producer on The Psalms. In the linear notes to the album, he describes the first time he heard Colter sing some of the psalms that inspired her new album.
"I listened transfixed while she paged through the Old Testament, choosing each Psalm," he writes."It was one of the most beautiful expressions of belief I had ever witnessed."
While the album is new to fans, Colter recorded the material years ago. The main tracks on The Psalms were recorded in just two sessions, which took place in 2007 and 2008.
We can't wait to hear Colter's new album, how about you? In the meantime, enjoy listening to the audio clip below of her singing "The Old Rugged Cross" with Johnny Cash.
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