The new album began with a simple phone call between the two friends.
Though they hadn’t played together in years, they still shared a strong musical and personal connection. Holland says she called her former bandmate ‘out of the blue’ and asked if Parton wanted to make some music together.
That ‘out of the blue’ phone call turned out to be well timed for both musicians. Touring for Holland’s sixth solo album, 2014’s Wine Dark Sea, had wound down, and Parton was still recovering from two serious car accidents that left her unable to play music and struggling to connect with her creativity.
Each has exerted a strong musical influence on the other. When they first met nearly twenty years ago on an East Vancouver street corner, the conversation inevitably turned to music.
Shortly thereafter, they co-founded The Be Good Tanyas, the groundbreaking roots act that used traditional folk, country, and blues music to explore a range of different styles and sounds.
Holland departed the group after only one album, but remained hopeful that she and Parton would collaborate in the future.