Two decades ago, 18 year-old Karen Elson appeared on the cover of Italy's Vogue, her eyebrows shaved off and her red hair chopped into a harsh pixie cut. The fashion industry was changing, and newcomers like Elson — whose lanky frame and milk-white skin literally paled in comparison to the decade's reigning supermodels — were replacing the Cindy Crawfords and Christy Turlingtons of the world. She was different. Unusual. Out of place, even. And she embraced those qualities, building her fashion reputation — and, later, her music career — upon a willingness to swim against the current.
Doubles Roses, Elson's second album as a solo artist, is similarly solitary, mixing the sweeping arrangements of classic British pop with the earthy, sepia-toned swoon of 1970s California folk. It's equal parts Abbey Road and Laurel Canyon, with production by Jonathan Wilson and support from a long list of singers and sidemen. Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Wilco's Pat Sansone, the Black Keys' Pat Carney, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench all make appearances, but this is still the Elson show, focused more on the quiet punch of her voice than the star power of her guest list.
A Nashville resident since 2006, Elson will celebrate the April 7th release of Doubles Roses with a hometown show on Tuesday, April 4th. The location? Third Man Records, the record store and label headquarters founded by her now ex-husband, Jack White. Back in 2013, the pair's messy separation was treated like headline news with Nashville's city limits, but it would seem they've buried the hatchet. For Elson, everything's coming up (double) roses.
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