Songbird includes a diverse range of covers, including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, Gram Parsons’ “$1000 Wedding”, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter’s “Stella Blue” and the gorgeous title track written by Christine McVie, which originally appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album Rumours.
Nelson and Adams each penned a new song specifically for Songbird. Nelson’s acoustic “Back To Earth” could have easily appeared on one of his timeless albums, while Adams’ country blues gem “Blue Hotel”, written for Nelson, features The Red Headed Stranger’s signature stylings. New renditions of some Nelson classics also appear on Songbird including “Sad Songs and Waltzes” (from Shotgun Willie) and “We Don’t Run” (from Spirit).
Songbird was recorded at Loho Studios in New York, NY and mixed by Jamie Candiloro. Along with production duties, Adams plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass. The Cardinals are Neal Casal (piano, guitar), Jon Graboff (pedal steel), Brad Pemberton (drums) and Catherine Popper (bass).