Indie-Americana Supergroup Plains Announces First and Last Album

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield and singer-songwriter Jess Williamson have come together for a one-of-a-kind, and one time only collaboration, Plains. The duo are a match that makes perfect sense. Crutchfield’s and Williamson’s solo careers both blend indie rock, folk, Americana, and country into a strangely synonymous pair of sounds, which explains why they work so well together. “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,” said Crutchfield in a press release.

Although we only have one song, Plains feels like it could be a whole is greater than the sum of its parts project. The first single “Problem With It” feels like it would be at home on Waxahatchee’s 2020 album Saint Cloud. Accents of banjo and some twang in the vocal delivery of the verses lead into the powerful duet chorus, altogether creating a sound likely influenced by 90’s and early 2000’s country. The lyrics tell a personal story of doubt and finding a way to say “I’ve got a problem with it.” The album is produced by Brad Cook, who also produced Saint Cloud, and features collaboration from Phil Cook of Megafaun and Gayngs, and Jeff Tweedy’s son, Spencer.

Check out the music video for “Problem With It”.

From the start, Plains is managing expectations by stating that the project will start and end with the debut album and tour. According to Anti- Records “it’s a moment in time, to be enjoyed right now before the project evaporates forever.” The expectation is that one tour and studio album will be all we get, but with such a perfect match, hopefully we’ll receive more Plains in the future. I Walked With You For A Ways is out October 14 via Anti- Records. You can catch Plains on tour with support from MJ Lenderman across North America this fall.

Fri Oct 21: Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre

Sat Oct 22: Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall

Mon Oct 24: Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Tue Oct 25: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

Wed Oct 26: Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater

Fri Oct 28: Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s

Sat Oct 29: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

Mon Oct 31: Dallas, TX @ Studio at The Factory

Tue Nov 1: Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn

Thu Nov 3: New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s

Fri Nov 4: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

Sat Nov 5: Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl   Nashville

Sun Nov 6: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Mon Nov 7: Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom

Wed Nov 9: Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre

Thu Nov 10: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Fri Nov 11: New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Sat Nov 12: Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall

Sun Nov 13: Boston, MA @ Royale

Tue Nov 15: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

Wed Nov 16: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

Thu Nov 17: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

Fri Nov 18: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Sat Nov 19: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater