Kendell Marvel has announced he’ll release his latest album, Come On Sunshine, on Sept. 23 via CmdShft. Ahead of the release, “Put It In The Plate,” a southern-fried stomper, is available everywhere now.
Produced by Beau Bedford, Come On Sunshine explores the wide range of Marvel’s influences. The 10 tracks delve into some of life’s experiences through country, rock and blues. The project also features a handful of familiar songwriters and musicians, including his longtime friend and collaborator Chris Stapleton, Al Anderson, Dan Auerbach, Devon Gilfillian, Waylon Payne, Mickey Raphael, and more.
“I’m 51 years old, which means I’m long past the point of catering to anybody,” Marvel explains. “I’m just telling the stories I want to tell. I like to work with people who are different than me. Working with Beau Bedford in Dallas meant that I was playing with guys I’d never met before. Guys who had different ideas, different tones, and different ways of playing than my friends back home. We recorded the album live, finishing the whole thing in four days. That’s how you capture magic.”
He continues, “The same thing can be said for the people I write with. I prefer left-field people—people who come from different backgrounds and different genres. Devon Gilfillian comes from the R&B world; he hears different melodies than I do. Waylon is a gay man, so he has some experiences that are different than mine. I love to surround myself with people like that, and sit in the writing room with someone who isn’t just like me. Because that’s how you capture magic, too.”
Marvel will perform the new music throughout this summer with upcoming shows at Charlotte’s The Evening Muse, Memphis’ Growlers, Boise’s The Olympic Venue and Spokane’s Lucky You Lounge, among others. Additionally, his Nashville residency, “Kendell Marvel’s Honky Tonk Experience,” will return to Exit/In on Aug. 9 with a selection of special guests.