Donovan Woods has shared a free stream of ‘The First Time’ from his forthcoming album Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, out on February 26 on his own label Meant Well.
The new album finds Woods continuing with his mantra of, “Good songs win”; a belief that melody and songs that use every day melody are important.
Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled is the follow-up to Woods’ Juno-nominated effort Don’t Get Too Settled.
“For the first time I had a budget, and I was able to hire all the people I wanted,” Woods said in a statement. “The danger in that is that you might let people play on the songs only because they’re really good at playing. We tried to make sure every decision best served the song in question, and likely removed as many things as we added. My hope was that we’d make a record that pulsed with the stuff of real relationships and difficult decisions.”
“I was recently reminded that people’s ‘first times’ are most often not that good, and I think that’s definitely right,” explains Woods. “To me, it’s about memories getting better with time, and coming to terms with the fact that you can never experience something the same way again because your memory of it is completely made-up. It’s also about not being able to measure up to someone’s idea of you,” he said about ‘The First Time’.
01 What Kind Of Love Is That?
02 On The Nights You Stay Home
03 The First Time
04 My Good Friends
05 They Don’t Make Anything In That Town
06 We Never Met
07 Do I Know Your Name
08 Between Cities
09 May 21, 2012
10 Leaving Nashville