Michelle Branch Announces New Album, ‘The Trouble With Fever’
Michelle Branch has announced her new album, The Trouble With Fever, is due for release on 16 September on Audio Eagle/Nonesuch Records/Warner Records, pre-order here. The album’s first single, I’m A Man, is available today along with a powerful video.
Created during the pandemic lockdown, The Trouble With Fever, co-produced with her husband, Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), is Branch’s fourth solo album and follows her critically acclaimed 2017 album, Hopeless Romantic. The time at home gave Branch the opportunity to stretch herself creatively. She says: “The album began during the 2020 lockdown, while Patrick and I were here at home in Nashville. I didn’t realize I was making a record at first — it was more just for our own sanity, getting time together to play music and screw around in the studio.”
“I wrote the chorus of ‘I’m A Man’ long before the verses. It started as an empathetic view towards men struggling to find a new way to navigate in a post-‘Me Too’ world of toxic masculinity,” says Branch. “Having a son made me think of how men are taught to be from a young age and the pressures to provide and succeed and this sort of burden to be seen as macho. But you can’t tell that story with just one side of the coin because as I was trying to paint a sympathetic view it just seemed completely minuscule and ridiculous in comparison to the struggles that women have been dealing with, really, since Eve bit the apple. Why are nearly all mass shooters male? Why do I need my husband’s written permission in 2022 to get my tubes tied? Why do American women have fewer reproductive rights than our grandmothers? Why don’t we get paid as much as men? Why do I have to teach my daughters not to walk alone at night? And so on and so on. Yet we carry on with grit and grace like we always have because we have no other choice.”
Branch kicks off her The Trouble With Fever Tour on 12 September in Nashville with dates in New York and Los Angeles, among others (details below). International tour dates to be announced soon.
The Trouble With Fever Tour Dates:
Sep 12 Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, TN
Sep 15 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Sep 17 Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia, PA
Sep 18 Webster Hall New York, NY
Sep 19 9:30 Club Washington, D.C.
Sep 21 Park West Chicago, IL
Sep 24 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Sep 26 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Sep 27 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Pre-sale begins Monday 18 July. Sign up for access to presale tickets here. General sale begins on Friday 22 July.