Flesh and Blood is Sandi Thom's fourth studio album, released solely by Guardian Angels Records. The album features an all-star ensemble led by Black Crowes Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman and fellow Black Crowe and widely travelled session guitarist Audley Freed, respected Nashville stars Mike Webb (keys/Dobro) and James Haggerty (bass) complete the line-up with special guest performances from Rolling Stones collaborator, saxophonist Bobby Keys, and stunning duet with the legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on her 1992 classic 'The Big Ones Get Away'.
"Sandi really stretched herself and made a bold new album," reflects Rich Robinson, 'Her songs are honest, vulnerable and very strong. Her vocal abilities are showcased really well, as is her guitar work, and harp playing. I think Sandi's made a great record. It was a joy to work with her.'
Legendary classic rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa) also mixed two tracks, 'Sun Comes Crashing Down' and a duet with Buffy Sainte-Marie on the latter's, 'The Big Ones Get Away'. 'Sandi's writing is fantastic,' says Shirley, 'and her singing is wonderful. Sun Comes Crashing Downhas all the right ingredients to be a hit.'
The intriguingly titled 'I Love You Like A Lunatic', is based on her 'life-changing' love affair with superstar blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The couple have been together three years now, living and loving on and off the road. Sandi likens it to a modern-day Johnny Cash and June Carter fairy-tale. 'My life just turned crazy,' says Sandi. 'Yet that's what everybody wants, that insane kind of love that utterly consumes you.'
Sandi feels that Flesh and Blood is her coming of age album. 'All I ever want to do is write songs that connect with people,' says Sandi. 'With this album I've finally found a place where I can make the very best music I can achieve. The people that only know me from 'Punk Rocker' won't recognise me on this album. But they are going to find out another side of me.'
UK Dates for Sandi:
Sep 16: The Sunflower Jam, Royal Albert Hall, London
Sep 23: Acoustic Guitar Show, London
Nov 01: Islington O2 Academy 2, London
Nov 02: The Brook, Southampton
Nov 06: Sage Hall 2, Gateshead
Nov 07: Robin 2, Wolverhampton
Nov 09: Eric's, Liverpool
Nov 10: King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Nov 11: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Nov 12: HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
Nov 14: The Stables, Stony Stratford
Nov 15: The Met, Bury
The first single, 'Sun Comes Crashing Down', is available as a free download via Sandi's website: