– Award winning band Herrick have cause to celebrate: their new album, Cottonfields has been released to great acclaim …
Herrick’s self-made 2012 debut album, “New Dance” confirmed that the band had no interest in following trends but was instead in pursuit of timeless expression as it forged its identity. With nonstop roadwork, flexing their musical muscles, confirmed that they were in it for the long haul. Now, four years after hitting the radar, Herrick take an exponential leap with the widescreen opus Cottonfields (Breakaway Entertainment April 15, 2016).
With this musically combustible and conceptually dazzling work, the Nashville-based band forcefully takes its place alongside the best of its peers while building on the rich legacy of its own inspirations. During this a la carte age, Herrick has boldly pushed against the current, making a bona fide album that demands to be heard in its entirety.
“I think what people love about us is the energy we generate playing together and feeding off each other,” says Donna. “There’s a lot of drive in our band, and we managed to capture that on this record. We love the music that we cut our teeth on and it’ll always be part of us, but we’ve reached the point where we’re consciously trying to push things forward.”
Cottonfields was produced by Herrick and veteran producer David Walker. Donna alongside husband/bass/Songwriter/band founder Kerry Herrick, the band’s guitarist/songwriter Jefferson Rogers, Drummer/songwriter Jeff Bradshaw, Herrick commenced recording the album in January, 2014.
The band tracked the majority of the record live off the floor at WME, Walker’s studio in La Verge, TN. 30 miles south of Nashville. “We met David early in our career. We were only 16. We had been long-time songwriting partners but we always knew we wanted to make this record with him,” says Donna. “He totally gets us. He brought the perfect balance of sonic integrity and laid-back finesse.” The feeling is mutual. “Donna is a vocal superhero,” says David. “She can really bring it. She’s full of ideas, she never misses a note and the band is badass.”
Less a concept album than a panoramic sonic terrain across which various thematic vectors collide and combine…
The song “Cottonfields” is a big part of what made this record what it is,” Donna says of the title song. “It’s roots music, a powerful type of folk literature. Woven into the song are themes of empowerment, freedom, spirituality, the importance of preserving traditions and cultures. The new album “Cottonfields”, like the title track, is Authentic American music. It’s just like authentic America. It is an intricate mix of primitive music that was brought here by immigrants, wanderers and slaves and was blended into a joyful language that changed the way the world thinks about music. Like others before us, we explore all these influences and add something of our own. The new album “Cottonfields” is the result.
“It’s been a journey, but Herrick really stepped up to the plate,” says Walker. “They have a vision and they stick with it. When I listened to the mixed album, I was blown away by how slammin’ and ballsy it turned out. We went way deeper on this one, and it’s gonna be incredible to hear live.”
Cottonfields represents a rite of passage for a band that is knocking on the door of greatness. “The uniqueness of this project comes not from one or multiple sources or backgrounds, rather, a comradery and respect in combining each of our roots, love of music, accompanied with a combination of a well rooted-progressive style that we, as a band, can call our own,” says Kerry. Donna adds, “A complete labor of emotions. I credit the band for courageously jumping off that cliff with me,” Donna acknowledges. “We all took a risk and I hope that resonates when people hear the album”.
MEET THE BAND
DONNA HERRICKLEAD SINGER - MANDOLIN
Award winning Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer and Musician.
One listen to Herrick and you’ll be won over by Donna’s innovative sound.
From the Pacific Northwest to Music Row, the talk is always the same, “It's Donna Herrick’s soulful unique voice that sets her apart from the rest, she is the real deal!”
With a Powerhouse vocal compared to the likes of Ann Wilson, Donna bridges the gap of where country music has been and where it is going. A mixed musical style all her own that is fresh, original and sounds unlike any other.
A voice that is heartfelt, truly distinct; a not so easy task in a town filled with formula-driven acts…
Learning to play the mandolin on her own, Donna never took lessons and does not read music. Creating a mandolin playing style all her own. No stranger to the studio she has worked with Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney), Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts), Chuck Howard (Leann Rimes), Michael Bonagura (Baillie and the Boys) and more, co-producing all of Herrick’s music. She is an awarding winning producer in her own right. Writing with Nashville’s elite songwriters: Walt Aldridge (Earl Thomas Conley's “Holding Her and Loving You”) Monty Holmes (George Strait’s “When Did You Stop Loving Me”, Lee Ann Womack's “Never Again, Again”), Karen Staley (``Tracy Byrd’s “The Keeper of the Stars``, Faith Hill’s ``Take Me as I Am``), Alex Harvey (``Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn``, Kenny Roger’s ``Reuben James``) and Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw’s ``Live Like You Were Dying``, Blake Shelton’s ``Boys 'Round Here``) to name a few... Donna creates music on instinct and feel, rather than calculation.
Donna's powerful vocals, pummeling mandolin riffs, and swaggering attitude, sounds a bit like what might have happened had Led Zeppelin been fronted by ``a chick.`` A true blend of elements that made other powerhouse artists great.
A unique sound that is strictly Herrick.
``Herrick is the real deal, and may very well contain the next great female voice of this generation in Donna Herrick``.
KERRY HERRICKVOCALS - BASS GUITAR - HARMONICA
His family history runs deep in the backwoods of Pure Air, Arkansas, Kerry Herrick comes from a long line of musical tradition. A Singer-songwriter, producer and Musician. At the age of nine, he picked up his first guitar and started playing along with his family. With a strong family history in southern gospel, it was not long before Kerry took to his own musical path. With musical influences from Kristofferson and Haggard to Eagles and Zeppelin, he developed a writing style all his own. Married to Donna at 16, they together, made their move to Nashville and have been fortunate enough to perform with legends like George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr., along with acts such as, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, to name a few. A versatile musician, Kerry lays down a firm bass foundation. His harmony surrounds Donna's voice to create the unmistakable Herrick vocal sound.
JEFFERSON ROGERSLEAD ELECTRIC-ACOUSTIC GUITAR / BANJO/ SLIDE / EBOW
Jefferson Rogers was born in Irving, Texas into a musical family. The house was filled with bluegrass, classic rock, old country, and even classical music, all of which was an inspiration as he grew. Moving to the mountains of east Tennessee in his teen years, Jeff played in his family's bluegrass band and in several rock and heavy metal bands before moving to Nashville to play professionally.
Jefferson has played extensively throughout the United States, Caribbean and Europe. He has played stages ranging from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee to the opera houses of Spain. From honky tonks in Texas to country bars in Germany, and everywhere in between. His style is a blending of the old and new, a combination of the old-time acoustic music of Appalachia with the new electric sounds of modern country and rock.
Now, this guitar-slinger writes, records and tours with the Americana-Alt.Country super group, Herrick.
JEFF BRADSHAW (THE BRADSHAW)DRUMS / PERFUSSION
Born in Louisville Kentucky Jeff began playing drums and percussion at the early age of five. Later graduating from Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee (where he met Jefferson), Jeff worked with a wide range of Artists from Irlene Mandrelll to Rick Derringer. The Bradshaw now and shall forever be the vicar of rhythm for Herrick. Ask him how he got the name The Bradshaw...its curious.