The Stubborn Lovers Announce Single, “Porch Light”
Drifting in like a warm breeze through the window on a golden summer day, “Porch Light” is the new single from Portland band The Stubborn Lovers. From the cowboy wallpaper in a childhood room to a grandmother knitting while her famous rhubarb pie bakes in the oven, the dust-tinged lyrics and melody paint in honeyed tones of yesterday. Blending alt-country and Southern rock, “Porch Light” is the first single off the band’s upcoming album Mother Road, due out August 17.
Fueled by whiskey, vinyl, and heartache, The Stubborn Lovers rumble like a vintage pony car across the landscape of American roots music. “Porch Light” transports us to a specific place in that landscape—a lakeside house in rural upstate New York—while touching on memories and emotions that will feel familiar to just about everyone. Bassist and songwriter Jenny Taylor explains where the inspiration came from: “I wanted to write a song that felt like slipping back into childhood for a few moments, like everyone wants to do sometimes when being an adult gets overwhelming. ‘Porch Light’ is about those carefree summers when we wrung every drop from the day, staying outside until the late darkness came, with someone who loved us welcoming us back in at the end.”
The new album, Mother Road, is steeped in the themes of family love and the ties that bind, and especially familial bonds among women. Taken from John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, the title phrase refers to US Route 66, which carries the Joad family from Oklahoma to California. While that journey is mirrored in the album’s title track, for the band the phrase alludes to a greater sense of “The Road”, representing both the unbridled freedom of self-discovery and the nostalgic yearning to return home. Mother Road includes elements of ‘70s heartland rock, outlaw country, and desert Americana. It features songs like “Whiskey Sisters”, an anthem of female empowerment set to a boot-stomping country beat, and “Flowers of the Vine”, a spare and haunting tune inspired by the tattoos that helped spark the album’s themes.
Mother Road Track Listing
- Porch Light
- Drivin’ 22
- In the Country of Your Eyes
- Flowers of the Vine
- Painting Lines (Song for a Sister)
- Stronger than the Storm
- Whiskey Sisters
- Mother Road
- Among the Evergreens
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About The Stubborn Lovers
Portland Americana band The Stubborn Lovers consists of Mandy Allan (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Todd Melton (electric guitar, vocals), Michael “Pearl” Nelson (drums), Jeff Porter (pedal steel, resonator guitar), and Jenny Taylor (bass, vocals). They have opened for Robert Earl Keen, Lydia Loveless, and Lindi Ortega, and have performed at Doug Fir Lounge and The Aladdin Theater. Their upcoming album, Mother Road, is due out August 17.