||Album cover from Ann's upcoming solo release, "Hope & Glory".
Ann Wilson has recorded her first-ever solo effort Hope & Glory, due September 11th on ZoŽ/ Rounder Records. The arresting vocalist branches out with a socially conscious and thought-provoking album of songs she selected to inspire the appropriately titled Hope & Glory.
Produced by Ben Mink (k.d. lang, Feist), Hope & Glory features guest appearances from iconic artists Elton John, Gretchen Wilson, Alison Krauss, Rufus Wainwright, Ann's sister Nancy Wilson and others on unique renditions of songs made famous by Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and more.
"Each of these songs holds a special place in my soul...At one time or another every one of them has kept me up at night to the point of exasperation and will not be banished, as I lay sleepless on my pillow. Such songs as these carry me through my life, and they are a standard to which all new music I hear and write must compare." - Ann Wilson
With the state of our times in mind, Wilson sings the story of a fallen soldier ("Where to Now St. Peter"), recounts hardship and desperation ("Immigrant Song") and takes an angel's view of a battlefield ("War of Man"). Wilson ties the entire body of work together with her stirring original song entitled "Little Problems, Little Lies", a harrowing soldier's eye view of life on the front lines.
Ann Wilson - Hope & Glory track list:
1. Goodbye Blue Sky - with Nancy Wilson (Pink Floyd)
2. Where to Now St. Peter - with Elton John (Elton John)
3. Jackson - with k.d. lang (Lucinda Williams)
4. We Gotta Get Out of This Place - with Wynonna (The Animals)
5. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
6. Darkness Darkness - with Nancy Wilson (The Youngbloods)
7. Bad Moon Rising - with Gretchen Wilson (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
8. War of Man - with Alison Krauss (Neil Young)
9. Get Together - with Nancy Wilson, Deana Carter & Wynonna (The Youngbloods)
10. Isolation (John Lennon)
11. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall - with Rufus Wainwright & Shawn Colvin (Bob Dylan)
12. Little Problems, Little Lies