The long-awaited second album from acclaimed U.S. singer-songwriter Kenny Foster, Somewhere In Middle America, produced by GRAMMY-winner Mitch Dane, is out worldwide to stream/download today – listen via Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon.
Songs from the new album, which follows his breakthrough debut full-length release Deep Cuts (2017), include current single ‘Copy, Paste, Repeat’, ‘Dreams Change’, and title track ‘Somewhere In Middle America’, which premiered on BBC Radio 2 earlier this year, with additional airplay including Planet Rock, RTÉ Radio One, BBC Radio Scotland and Soho Radio.
On Somewhere in Middle America, Foster addresses the beauty and the limitations, the experiences and the challenges, facing those Midwesterners who, like him, carry a complicated relationship to their hometowns and the polarising mindsets that increasingly define our times.
Born and raised in Joplin, Missouri, the acclaimed and innovative artist didn’t set out to make this complex and deeply personal territory the focus of the record, but gradually became aware of what was feeling most urgent to him.
“The nice thing about where I’m at in my career is that I get to let things accrue until it makes sense,” he says. “I write five days a week, all the time, so my projects come out of the sorting of the songs after the fact – I’m not reaching for something, it’s just what’s coming out naturally. And this theme was something I really needed to say.”