Australian rising star Emma Swift releases her acclaimed album ‘Blonde On The Tracks‘ to all digital platforms
The successful album ‘Blonde On The Tracks‘ features a collection of Bob Dylan covers that perfectly captures the depth of Swift’s talent as a performer and her gift for reinterpretations, Blonde On The Tracks has become a defining moment in her career.
Swift was able to regroup and produce an album that honours the timeless nature of Dylan’s catalogue, while also centering the music very much in her own vision. Produced by Patrick Sansone (Wilco), Blonde On The Tracks shines in its intimacy and individuality.
Emma Swift shares about the album, “It was hard to get out of bed and get dressed, and present to the world as a high-functioning human. I was lost on all fronts no doubt, but especially creatively. With a bad case of writer’s block and no songs of my own to record, I turned to Dylan’s music to reinvigorate my life force. And it worked. To use one of his lines, he got me out of a jam.”
The digital release of the album comes accompanied by three bonus live versions of songs recorded at the iconic Blackbird Studios in Nashville, with Robyn Hitchcock on guitar and Ryan Brewer on piano.
Blonde On The Tracks landed with impact, drawing global praise for her interpretations and delivery of Dylan’s originals. In Australia, the album debuted at #9 on the ARIA Album Chart and at #1 on the ARIA Vinyl Chart; while impressively, the album sat within the Top 15 of the AIR Chart for 13 weeks.
Internationally, Blonde On The Tracks achieved the #13 spot on the UK Americana Chart, while attracting positive reviews from noted outlets including Rolling Stone, Uncut Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and more.
Emma Swift shares, “It’s extremely rare for musicians to withhold their songs from streaming services, but given that I lost my touring job at the beginning of the year due to COVID, I wanted to see if music lovers still bought albums; and it turns out they do. I wouldn’t have an ARIA Top Ten album if they didn’t.”