Jessi Colter is releasing a new album, Edge of Forever, out Oct. 27 on Appalachia Record Co.
The 10-track collection was produced by Margo Price and mixed by her son Shooter Jennings, and includes songs that span the past decade and far beyond, from never-before-heard tunes that Colter and husband Waylon Jennings wrote during the outlaw era’s golden age in the 1970s, to long-lost sheet music discovered in an old briefcase, newer gospel-influenced numbers, honky-tonk hymns and collaborations with her daughter Jenni Eddy Jennings.
Her 13th studio album, Edge of Forever brings the start of a bright new chapter for Colter, arriving in the same year that she celebrates her return to the stage, a recent remarriage and more. On album opener “Standing on the Edge of Forever” she sings about confidence, religion and a desire for new experiences. Songs like “I Wanna Be With You” (feat. Margo Price) may have never seen the light of day after they were written in the 1970s, but on Edge of Forever they take on new life.
Previously recorded tracks such as “With or Without You” and “Maybe You Should” (feat. Margo Price) are also resurrected with timeless verve, while “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus” reworks an old spiritual into a fiery, rocking celebration. Elsewhere across the album on “Angel in the Fire,” “Fine Wine” and “Secret Place,” Colter contemplates lasting impressions of loved ones, and the powers of peace, compassion and redemption.
“It was really sheer enjoyment for me to be able to do, because I really hadn’t planned anything much further. Edge of Forever is a love project,” says Colter, who became instant friends with Price after first meeting at a book event in 2017.
“When the force of nature that is Jessi Colter rolled into my life and picked me up in her Mercedes convertible, I knew I was in for a wild ride,” adds Price, who also contributes vocals, guitar and percussion to the LP. “When I felt lost, I could call on her and she would pray for me—with me. Jessi has such a strong faith, it’s inspiring to be near her. When she sang ‘Standing on the Edge of Forever’ and ‘Angel in the Fire’ back to back for me, I was blown away. It was such refined writing, the work of someone who had been continuously, quietly honing her craft. I knew she had to make another album and told her I would love to be a part of that experience.”
Colter returns to Nashville next month, where she’ll play 3rd and Lindsley as part of AmericanaFest on Sept. 20.
Edge of Forever Track List:
Standing on the Edge of Forever
I Wanna Be With You (feat. Margo Price)
Hard On Easy Street
Lost Love Song (feat. Margo Price)
Angel in the Fire
Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus
With or Without You
Maybe You Should (feat. Margo Price)
Secret Place (feat. Jenni Eddy Jennings)
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