Earlier this year, John Paul White, formerly of Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, announced his third solo album, The Hurting Kind, out Friday, April 12 on Single Lock Records. After The Civil Wars folded in 2014, the Alabama native returned focus to his solo career, following his 2008 album The Long Goodbye with 2016’s Beulah.
Now he’s back with The Hurting Kind, an album of tender songs featuring familiar faces like Lee Ann Womack, Jon Radford, Lillie Mae, Erin Rae and The Secret Sisters. White recorded part of the album in Florence, Ala., and it was co-produced by Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner. White stopped by the Paste Studio on March 22 to preview a few songs from the album: “I Wish I Could Write You A Song,” “My Dreams Have All Come True,” “The Long Way Home” and the title track. Watch the session below.
“It’s the one song that has the distinction of making my kids cry,” White said of “The Long Way Home.” “I didn’t see this song as tugging at any heart strings, but when I played it, especially for my 11-year-old, he was tearing up. Especially the line, ‘Don’t you dare kiss me goodbye’ in the bridge. That’s the one that always gets him. I didn’t see that coming, but he knows how much it hurts to leave.”
Again, you can watch John Paul White’s recent Paste studio session below. Further down, hear his 2016 Daytrotter session. You can pre-order The Hurting Kind right here.