Chrissie Hynde has posted the latest track from her upcoming jazz-based solo album, Valve Bone Woe, which will be released on September 6th. Rolling Stone reported the new reinterpretation is a cover of the legendary Charles Mingus' “Meditation On A Pair Of Wire Cutters.” On the upcoming set, in which Hynde is backed by the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble, the Pretenders leader covers songs by such personal favorites as the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Ray Davies, Nick Drake, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Nick Drake, and John Coltrane.
In a statement announcing the set, Hynde explained, “I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it. I often bemoan what I regard as a decline in melody in popular music and I wanted to sing melodies. Plus, I have a penchant for cover songs, it’s the surprise of singing something that I didn’t think of writing myself that turns me on.”
Chrissie Hynde has realized that nothing breaks an artist down more quickly than overwork and overexposure: “One of the things you have to learn in this business — and people often learn it too late — you really have to learn how not to burn yourself out, and it has to stay fun. I like to think of it kind of as a hobby, y'know, with the same enthusiasm as someone who goes mountain climbing or something — y'know, something you can't do all the time, but you really look forward to it when it does happen.”
The Pretenders will perform on June 6th in Berlin, Germany with Fleetwood Mac.
Chrissie Hynde is set to perform much of the upcoming album on July 6th at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl, backed by the L.A. Philharmonic.