Devon Sproule Sets March Release

Black Hen Records announces a March 16 release date for Devon Sproule's new CD, ĄDon't Hurry for Heaven!, distributed in the U.S. by Burnside Distribution. The album includes special guest appearances by Jesse Winchester, who sings vocals on the opening track, as well as British all-star BJ Cole, who plays his signature pedal steel guitar throughout.

Produced by Devon's husband Paul Curreri, who also plays various instruments on the album, ĄDon't Hurry for Heaven! was recorded, for the most part, in England and is the product of her spending much of the last two years touring abroad. Since Curreri was about to cross the pond for his own European tour, he flew over three days early and under his direction, the group tracked eight songs at Far Heath Studios in Northamptonshire. From there, Curreri brought the tracks back to the couple's home studio in Virginia and completed them.

"Last year was a good one, and full of adventures," says Sproule. "After a whole summer of festivals in the UK, my band was feeling great. It would've been a shame not to capture something from that time, to let that phase of our playing evaporate into the next. So we booked this studio out in the country."

Continuing in the tradition of her previous works, ĄDon't Hurry for Heaven! sports a variety of sonic influences: the title track -- a tipsy, twangy, spousal nudge -- wears a cowboy boot on one foot, and another on its head. On the bouncy opener, "Ain't that the Way," Devon sings with one of her heroes, the great Jesse Winchester. Sproule and Curreri even duet on a left-field, desert-bluesy version of Black Uhuru's "Sponji Reggae."

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