Waxahatchee is bringing her southern roots back on the road and the record, with a new album on the way later this year and a two-night stand just announced at The Fillmore Philadelphia as part of the band’s 2024 tour in early September.
Today, Waxahatchee announced her sixth album, Tigers Blood, and it is due out March 22nd on ANTI- Records. It’s frontperson Katie Crutchfield’s second release for the label; previously, she teamed up with Jess Williamson on the Plains duo project and released I Walked With You A Ways on ANTI- in 2022. The record is produced by produced by Brad Cook features collaboration work with her labelmate, Wednesday guitarist MJ Lenderman – whose solo career and work in his band have have propelled country-gaze rock more mainstream – as well as drum expertise from Spencer Tweedy, whose percussion work can be found on a sparkling of notable projects including Star Wars and Schmilco by his father Jeff’s band Wilco, a few Norah Jonas records, and the Plains debut album.
Crutchfield and Lenderman team up on “Right Back To Me,” the lead single from Tigers Blood. Of the song, Crutchfield says in a statement, “I wrote it backstage at Wolf Trap when I was on tour opening for Jason Isbell and Sheryl Crow. I’m really interested in writing love songs that are gritty and unromantic. I wanted to make a song about the ebb and flow of a longtime love story. I thought it might feel untraditional but a little more in alignment with my experience to write about feeling insecure or foiled in some way internally, but always finding your way back to a newness or an intimacy with the same person.” Watch a video for the song below.
Time has flown by since Waxahatchee’s acclaimed 2020 release Saint Cloud. Over the last four years we have gotten solo appearances from Crutchfield; she duets with her partner Kevin Morby on a cover of the Emmylou Harris song “One Paper Kid,” she helped cover Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper” on the Philly Special Christmas Special holiday album, appears on Whitney’s album Candid, and Let There Be Music by Bonny Doon, not to mention Plains, the project that formed after Crutchfield and Jess Williamson met and exchanged albums.
Waxahatchee’s tour in support of Tiger’s Blood brings her to her onetime hometown of Philly for two nights, September 7th and September 8th, at The Fillmore Philadelphia. There are very Philly-centric openers to these shows as well, with Tim Heidecker and Gladie opening night one and Snail Mail and Greg Mendez on night two. Tickets go on sale for both shows this Friday, January 12th, at 10 a.m., and more information can be found at WXPN’s Concert Calendar.