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1965 Roses

Karen Elson

Double Roses


English-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Karen Elson releases her second album Double Roses via 1965 Records. Double Roses was recorded in Los Angeles, at the world-renowned United Studios (neé Ocean Way) in Hollywood, with producer Jonathan Wilson (Jackson Browne, Father John Misty, Conor Oberst). Elson, who had been writing and demoing songs throughout her recording hiatus of the past few years, spent three weeks in Los Angeles working with Wilson to put the album together. A long time fan of the sun soaked sounds of the ‘Laurel Canyon’ era, it was the perfect place to commit her songs to tape. The album features collaborations with an array of musical talent, including The Black Keys’ Pat Carney, Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Benmont Tench, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) and Dhani Harrison. The title Double Roses is taken from a Sam Shepard poem that appears in his journal collection Motel Chronicles. Emotionally struck by the poem, and its reference to England, Elson incorporated the verse as spoken word into the title track and sought Shephard’s permission to do so - sending a letter to him via her friend and bandmate Jackson Smith’s mother, the poet / musician Patti Smith.