Blue Ridge Mountains-based singer-songwriter Dori Freeman has announced her return with a dazzling new LP, Ten Thousand Roses. The “grunge-country” opus, produced by her husband Nicholas Falk, is set to be released via her own boutique label, Blue Hens Music, on September 10. With her fourth studio album, Freeman has created a Southern masterpiece—a ten-song collection that engages with the tenants of Americana, but infuses them with inventive lyrical ideas and bold melodic experiments. Throughout the album, she challenges traditional Appalachian stereotypes, instead thoughtfully engaging with the prevalence of such ideas and how they can fit into a multifaceted modernity. Ten Thousand Roses is modern roots music in the truest sense of the genre.
Freeman wrote the songs on Ten Thousand Roses during the pandemic, when, like millions of others, she was stuck at home. She made a point, however, to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Natural elements such as storm-clouds, wildflowers, and spiders show up as motifs throughout the record, which examines everything from being deeply in love with someone to realizing that you don’t need another person to complete you. No song more clearly exemplifies this than the album’s first single, a soaring country-rock anthem, entitled “The Storm”.
“I wrote ‘The Storm’ as an anthem for women who’ve been put through the ringer by men who didn’t deserve them,” explains Freeman. “Storms and floods are powerful imagery for tumultuous relationships so I wanted the song to have a big swelling chorus to reflect that.”