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Leigh Nash Channels Willie Nelson, Flaco Jimenez on New Solo Album

‘The State I’m In’ merges musical influences from the past with life lessons of the present

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Leigh Nash will release her third solo album, 'The State I'm In,' in September.

Alysse Gafkjen

“I listen to Willie Nelson every single day, and he doesn’t even know me. That keeps me up at night,” jokes Leigh Nash, lead singer of Sixpence None the Richer.

The angelic, unmistakable voice behind huge pop hits including “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes” is going back to her Texas roots for her third solo album, The State I’m In, due out September 18th. The Brendan Benson-produced project was heavily influenced by the music Nash grew up on, which included everyone from Nelson and Patsy Cline to the mariachi music coming across the border from just about 200 miles south of her New Braunsfels home.

“I fell in love with storytelling in music and great, strong lyrics,” Nash says of the music filling her speakers as a child. And the storytelling the now 39-year-old does on The State I’m In comes from pages in her diary. Many of the songs stemmed from the joys of parenthood (the singer has an 11-year-old son) and sadness of losing her father, which was followed shortly after by the demise of her marriage.

“I’ve been busy with life and busy learning lessons about love and loss and keep on keepin’ on when things are rough,” says Nash, who co-wrote all 12 tracks on the new album.

Along with Nelson and other country greats, the musician tried to emulate the sounds of Flaco Jimenez on much of The State I’m In. (“His sound is the embodiment of much of the vibe I tried to capture,” she explains.) And there’s even a little Beach Boys influence heard in “What’s Behind Me,” which she co-wrote with her husband, Stephen Wilson, and Jesse Hall. Still, “it isn’t a throwback record,” Nash insists of the LP, which was recorded in Nashville. “And we weren’t afraid of going beyond the country genre. We just went where the songs told us to go — and they took us to some great places.”

Pre-order Leigh Nash’s The State I’m In here.


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