Years ago, Phoebe hunt spent an afternoon auditioning with a friend. She left on a whim, but when the time came, she just couldn’t follow through on the opportunity.
“While we were there, the mood of the audition kicked in,” Hunt recalls, “and my friend started saying weird things to me like,“ I can’t do this if you are going. do that “,” I don’t want to embarrass myself, ‘etc. “
So Hunt withdrew from consideration and headed for a gig she had had that night. “I decided to be a supporting role for my friend rather than competing with her,” says the singer-songwriter – but, on the way to her show, she started to think.
“I was thinking about how the vibrations can get so intense when the competition enters the atmosphere and I started to sing the phrase ‘I just wanna have some good blood with you’ over and over while I was in the car, ”Hunt recalls. By the time she got the place, she was ready to start writing.
The song became “Good Blood”, created exclusively on The Boot, but it took a while and a few changes. Musician and producer Matt Rollings came up with some lyrical tweaks and co-wrote a bridge with Hunt; after splitting from his folk group The Belleville Outfit, Hunt discovered that the song had “an entirely different meaning”.
“Every time I sing ‘Good Blood’ I feel all the communication issues and disconnections from my past experiences,” said the Austin, Texas native. “I sing with the hope that we can all learn to untangle the webs of pain that we weave with each other and remember that deep down we all just want to have good blood with each other. “
With the release of “Good Blood”, Hunt reintroduces their long awaited next studio album, None of us is wrong. She says the song represents the message she hopes listeners get from the record as a whole.
“In a world strewn with divisions, where families and friends are divided over semantics and politics, I hope this album can serve as a reminder that, whatever our differences, there is a human bond that must be recognized”, explains Hunt. “We have to find a way to accept each other rather than judge each other. We have to find a place where we can have ‘Good Blood’ despite our differences.
“While it may be hard to see, my hope for this album is that we can all find a moment to reflect on our own lives,” she adds, “and rather than point fingers at one another, we can keep the possibility in our hearts that None of us is wrong. “
Hunt had originally planned to release None of us is wrong in April 2020; However, as her tour plans collapsed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, she chose to postpone the project for more than a year. The artist says the delay “was a huge lesson in patience” and taught her “to let go of my personal expectations and trust something bigger than me (the song) to lead the release of this project” .
“I did my best not to over listen to the album during this unprecedented time and to ‘pause’ my own relationship with them so that I could be ready to bring them attention again when the good time will come, ”says Hunt, who has spent his time writing new music and working on other creative projects. “Yet,” she adds, “I keep these songs and the music my band recorded in Brooklyn with me in a sacred place in my heart and I am now ready to share them with the world.”
Hunt’s other aforementioned creative projects include a podcast, Listen first – during which she deconstructs the process of co-writing songs with guests such as Molly Tuttle, Lindsey Lou and others – as well as Plant Seeds of Music, an online music school in collaboration with the Nashville School of Traditional Country Music. The program includes more than five dozen videos from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Tim O’Brien, Sierra Hull and others who have helped musicians keep their skills up to date during the pandemic, and who have helped the school to expand its footprint.
Released on September 17th, None of us is wrong follows Shade of Shanti, 2017 release of Hunt with his band The Gatherers. More information is available at PhoebeHuntMusic.com.
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