Photo by Kristen Crigger
According to a press release, Dori Freeman's upcoming album is a "'grunge country' opus." I don't know if I'd call it grunge country personally (I think early Deer Tick nailed that perfectly), but "The Storm" is a fantastic slice of alt-pop country. "The Storm" goes down a little too smoothly to be aligned with grunge, but has far too much of an edge to be mainstream country. Putting an edge on any music that contains Freeman's voice can't be an easy task. "The Storm" shows that she could easily be the next country superstar, but she's far too cool for it. The song also has just enough of a retro cool feel to it to really make it something special. If I had to compare it to another current artist, I'd go with early Tristen. (And if you know what kind of Tristen fans we are, you know that's high praise.)
Dori Freeman says of the new song:
"I wrote 'The Storm' as an anthem for women who've been put through the ringer by men who didn’t deserve them. Storms and floods are powerful imagery for tumultuous relationships so I wanted the song to have a big swelling chorus to reflect that."
You can watch the video for "The Storm" below. Ten Thousand Roses is due out September 10. You can pre-save/pre-order the album here. For more on Dori Freeman, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.
August 18 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery
August 19 - New York, NY - City Winery
August 21 - Round Hill, VA - B-Chord Brewery
September 23 - Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall