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Waxahatchee and Jess Williamson team up as Plains, announce new album with the country beauty “Problem With It”

Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson have formed a new duo called Plains and will release their debut album I Walked With You A Way on October 14 through Anti-.

Crutchfield tells us “I’m thrilled to announce this new project and album. I’ve felt a connection to Jess’s songwriting and a kinship with her since we met years ago. Getting to lean into the influence of the music we both grew up with while also making something that feels very current and fresh to me was a great experience and I’m so happy to finally share it.”
Williamson adds “Making this record with Katie was a deeply expansive experience for me as a songwriter. I really trust her ear and sensibilities, and she encouraged me to explore aspects of my songwriting that in the past I’ve shied away from. Katie’s support was so important for me as we wrote this album. We gave ourselves permission to lean into the music that raised us and write the kind of classic timeless songs that we both grew up singing along to. For me that was The Chicks and Dolly Parton, and having a place to channel those influences was an absolute blast. My hope with Plains was to tap into something Universal. I love the album we made, and I’m so excited to play it live.”

The first song to be shared from the project is “Problem With It”, an ever-so-cool country rocker that finds Crutchfield leading on vocals and circling ideas of uncertainty and determination. Williamson joins on harmonies, turning the chorus into a laser beam message: “If it’s all you got, yeah it’s all you gave / I got a problem with it”. Swirling around are flecks of banjo, ribbons of organ and some rustic guitar work, building “Problem With It” from a place of insecurity to a mountain of confidence.

Watch the video for “Problem With It” below or find it on streaming platforms.

Plains’ debut album I Walked With You A Way comes out on October 14 through Anti- (pre-order/save). You can find the project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.