Beloved Western Canadian songwriter Colter Wall released his new LP, Little Songs, via his longtime label home La Honda Records in a new joint venture with RCA Records. Blending wit and jest with more serious topics—depression and hardships surrounding Wall’s rural community are common threads throughout Little Songs— Wall puts on a masterclass of making music that gives those who need it a chance to smile. Thealbum’s title track lays the overarching theme out, clear as day: “You got to fill the big empty with little songs.”
Fans can now stream or purchase Little Songs in its entirety at this link. Wall is set to appear on stage tonight at Under The Big Sky in Whitefish, Montana. For more information, please visit colterwall.com.
Little Songs In The News: “Colter Wall may be country’s truest disciple of Willie Nelson, even though he’s a baritone rather than a tenor. His terse but thoughtful songs sound close-knit, casual and real-time, and the lead guitar—sometimes doubled by a harmonica, à la Nelson—is modest and acoustic, not electric.” – The New York Times“Wall’s burly voice and the straightforward instrumentation take center stage.” – Billboard
“[Wall] is an expert hand at making everyday, rural life accessible to a wider audience, whether theplains feel like home or you’ve barely stepped outside the city.” – CBC
“A sad, slow sway full of harmonica and dobro, topped off as always by Wall’s conversationalbaritone.” – Stereogum
More About Little Songs: With his longtime touring band, Wall returned to Yellowdog Studios in Wimberly, Texas, where he cut his 2020, Billboard-charting album, Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs, to track the ten tunes that make up Little Songs. With co-producer Patrick Lyons, Wall tracked eight original songs and two fan-favorite covers from Ian Tyson and Hoyt Axton. Little Songs is an upbeat, sometimes somber glimpse into the rural work and social life of the Canadian West, and, more so than with previous albums, opens emotional turns as mature and heartening as the resonant baritone voice writing them.This release of new music follows the recent partnership between Wall’s longtime label La Honda Records and RCA Records, with Little Songs as the first album since the partnership. Prior to the new album, Wall released two standalone singles—“Cypress Hills and the Big Country” and a cover of Cowboy Jack Clement’s “Let’s All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)”—as well as the 2020 LP Western Swings & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs and Colter Wall and the Scary Prairie Boys’ Live In Front Of Nobody, a 2021 live stream, full-band show turned indie record store, vinyl-only release–a coveted and limited release. Information on both albums can be foundat colterwall.com.
Little Songs Tracklist:
Prairie Evening/Sagebrush Waltz Standing Here
Corralling The Blues
The Coyote & The Cowboy Honky Tonk Nighthawk
For a Long While
Cow/Calf Blue Yodel
The Last Loving Words