NEW SINGLE : DONOVAN WOODS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “BACK FOR THE FUNERAL”

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DONOVAN WOODS RELEASES NEW SINGLE

“BACK FOR THE FUNERAL”

 FEATURED ON HIS UPCOMING NEW ALBUM

THINGS WERE NEVER GOOD IF THEY’RE NOT GOOD NOW

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Earlier this year, acclaimed songwriter Donovan Woods announced his seventh studio album, Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now, due July 12 via End Times Music. Today he shares a second single from the record, the unflinching Back For The Funeral,” co-written with Lori McKenna and Matt Nathanson.  Throughout an album of heart wrenching songs, none hit harder than “Back for the Funeral.” Taking place in a small town, a group of friends who haven’t seen each other in years return to memorialize a schoolmate after they overdosed on pills.

 “There’s so much writing done about being back in your hometown and what it does to you,” Woods explains. “But there’s the idea that you only go there with bad news—which can be true—and what it does to your feelings about your hometown.”

 However, the song poignantly shows that even though someone may return to their hometown for unfortunate reasons, reconnecting with old friends is a positive byproduct of the circumstance.

Throughout his distinguished career, Woods has built a devoted following who cling to the acclaimed songwriter’s every word. Never one to mince them, Woods is one of music’s most vulnerable storytellers and on Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good, Donovan takes that a step further. Perhaps his most open, honest and self-reflective collection of songs, Woods takes a long look inside himself and isn’t necessarily thrilled with what he sees. For an artist who isn’t afraid to bear his soul, this is as emotionally gritty as he has ever been.

Long known as a masterful storyteller, Woods is at his absolute best on Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now. Across the album’s 12 sparse, intimate songs, Woods finds himself reflecting on the ups and downs he has been through since 2020, when he dropped his acclaimed, award-winning last album, the breakthrough Without People. Through his songwriting, Woods opens up and addresses the complexities of life, and all that he has been going through. He notes, this album serves as “a funeral to the life I was living.”

Co-produced with longtime collaborator James Bunton over much of 2023, the album’s delicate nature is reflected in its lyrics. The psychology of people’s actions always fascinated Woods and informs much of the record. Focusing on carefree, celebratory feelings has never necessarily appealed to him. Many of the songs that comprise Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now focus on the intricacies of friendships and relationships, looking at the little moments in life, and hopefully, eventually taking joy in them.

Woods was joined in the studio by a number of friends, co-writing “Back For The Funeral” with McKenna and Nathanson, lead single “Rosemary” with Connor Seidel, “I’m Just Trying To Get Home” with Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves, Noah Cyrus) and Matt Prime (Sam Smith, Aloe Blacc, Charlie Puth), and featuring William Prince. And “When Our Friends Come Over” is a gorgeous duet written and performed with Madi Diaz.

As Donovan continues to work on himself, Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now is the portrait of a songwriter at his creative best. Addressing the truths and pains of life is never easy, and here, he does so in a way that’s brutally honest.

Donovan Woods is currently on tour in the U.S. supporting Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. He heads to Australia on tour in June, before summer festival dates, and a North American headlining tour in support of his new record – for the full list of live dates visit HERE.

 

 

Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now

  1. Rosemary
  2. 116 West Main, Durham, NC
  3. Trompsingel (Another Life)
  4. It’s Been Like That For A While
  5. Living Well
  6. Well Read
  7. Back For The Funeral
  8. Don’t Talk to Her at Night
  9. I’m Just Trying To Get Home (feat. William Prince)
  10. When Our Friends Come Over (feat. Madi Diaz)
  11. All Raked Flat

 

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