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Song Premiere: Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds' Sparse, Gorgeous 'Tumbleweed'

Chad Edwards

Singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Molly Thomas has spent the past several years working as a highly sought after session musician while pursuing a solo career. Now, Thomas is gearing up to release her new album Honey's Fury (out on June 7) with her band The Rare Birds (Rick Hirsch on guitar, John Milham on drums and John Keuler on bass).

Today, Wide Open Country is premiering the stunning "Tumbleweed," a cautionary tale that captures the despair of being in love with a rambler. Spacious and dreamlike, the song conjures up images of lonely travelers in a roadside diner somewhere in the desolate southwest.

"It really don't matter what you want to believe/ You never will fence in a blowing tumbleweed," Thomas sings.

The song was written by Songwriters Hall of Fame member Jack Tempchin, who penned The Eagles' "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone."

Thomas says she was immediately drawn to the song, which became her favorite on the album.

"After meeting Jack Tempchin and becoming familiar with his catalog, I fell in love with this particular song the first time I heard it. I related to the lyrics in a very strong way, and  loved the approach of singing it as the narrator, rather than the person wronged. When we recorded 'Tumbleweed,' we felt compelled to keep the essence of the tune spacious in order to frame the message without getting in the way," Thomas tells Wide Open Country. "It is my favorite song on the album, and I feel like it has a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh. Fortunate to have found this jewel."

Listen to "Tumbleweed" below.

For more information on Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds, visit their official website.

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