Wesley Schultz - Vignettes

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Wesley Schultz, lead singer and co-founder of The Lumineers, puts his own spin on songs by Jim Croce, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, and more with Vignettes, his first solo album. Wesley recorded the album at Sun Mountain Studios in Boiceville, New York with producer Simone Felice and producer, mixer and engineer David Baron. He was backed on Vignettes by Baron on piano with special guest contributors including Cindy Mizelle, James Felice, The Webb Sisters and Diana DeMuth.

"This album is pulling from a lot of different threads of my past. ‘My City in Ruins,’ ‘Boots of Spanish Leather,’ ‘The Ballad of Lou the Welterweight,’ those are all songs I was covering in bars, way back when I was living in Brooklyn in 2008. That was within days of when I’d written ‘Ho Hey’ and ‘Life In The City’ and ‘Flowers In Your Hair,’ all in this same little apartment. It was a rich time for me creatively and these covers were sort of informing my songwriting, just studying all these different artists.

I was introduced to a lot of music through other artists, listening to their covers and then going backward. So part of this record is the joy of exposing something that you know is beautiful, while trying to make it your own so that they both can stand on their own two feet. It’s almost like you’re showing people your personal playlist, your inspiration.

You try to make your own medicine sometimes. I think music is medicine. For me, the intention in making VIGNETTES was so simple – what would I listen to right now, in these times? And this music is what I felt like I needed." - Wesley Schultz, 2020

Heavyweight vinyl produced by Dualtone Music Group in 2021. Gatefold sleeve. Includes download card.

TRACKLISTING:

SIDE A

  1. My City of Ruins (Bruce Springsteen)
  2. Downtown Train (Tom Waits)
  3. Green Eyes (Coldplay)
  4. If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow)
  5. Mrs. Potters Lullaby (Counting Crows)

SIDE B

  1. Bell Bottom Blues (Derek & The Dominos)
  2. Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels) [Jim Croce]
  3. Boots of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan)
  4. Ballad of Lou the Welterweight (The Felice Brothers)
  5. Keep Me in Your Heart (Warren Zevon)
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