As a lover of traditional bluegrass, Angus Gill, always wanted to record a ‘real deal’ bluegrass album.
The second single from his anticipated bluegrass record, “The Scrapbook”, out Friday 24th September – “Whittling Away” – is a duet with legendary US singer-songwriter, Jim Lauderdale and was the catalyst for the album.
“I worked with Jim Lauderdale on my last trip to Nashville in 2019. I had the idea for this song and he had the title”, says Angus.
“I was telling Jim about the struggles my Mum had been going through putting my Nan into a nursing home and the emotional baggage she carried as a result. It was admirable how she still managed to keep her composure during these really trying times”.
Angus says “Whittling Away”, is written in what they call a broken narrative and there’s a part about people losing jobs and losing their livelihood, yet still ‘keeping it together when it’s falling apart’.
“I revisited the song last year and in light of the pandemic – the sentiment hit me even harder. I recorded it as a slow bluegrass track and Jim kindly agreed to do it as a duet”.
Jim says of the collaboration with Angus, “Angus is one of the most creative and talented people I’ve ever worked with. It was an honor to get to write with and sing with him. I hope we can do much more down the road!”
Angus Gill is an ARIA and three-time Golden Guitar Award nominee from Wauchope NSW. His new album, “The Scrapbook”, is out Friday 24th September 2021 via Rivershack Records / MGM Distribution.
“Whittling Away” is at radio now and available across your favourite digital platforms via https://ffm.to/whittlingaway