Langley musician Karen Lee Batten releases her fourth studio album today (March 9).
Under The Covers In Muscle Shoals, from KLB Records, is a new collection of songs that showcase Batten’s vocal prowess and emotion.
Produced by Langley’s Mitch Merrett and Michael Pyle, the album was recorded entirely in Muscle Shoals, Alabama at Fame Studios and The NuttHouse; the same landmark studios that produced hit records by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Redding and more.
“Walking into Fame Studios, looking around that room for the first time … I just felt the history in the walls,” said Batten.
“I knew standing there that these were the songs I wanted to sing, and for the first time in a long time, I was nervous. But those nerves came from the respect I felt — I was about to sing some of the greatest songs of all time, and I can only hope I’ve done them proud.”
Batten worked with some of Muscle Shoals’ original studio musicians and chose to record songs that not only paid homage to the style and sound that made the city famous, but that were rich in history to the area.
This can be heard in the drums, bass, piano, organ, acoustic guitar, horns, soulful background vocalists and rhythm section that includes some of the original ‘Swampers.’
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