Popular touring vocalist Jessie Wagner (Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Duran Duran, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul) and frontwoman for NYC rock/soul band Army of the Underdog has dropped a new single off of her new and debut solo album, Shoes Droppin, which is out via Wicked Cool. With My Darlin, My Dear out The Fountain caught up with her about the single and her plans as well as some of her favourite venues.
TF: You have a debut single out, what can we expect from My Darlin, My Dear?
You can expect big horns and big vocals. This is the kind of song that bottles of wine were made for. I think it’s a story that most people can relate to. It’s something to put on when you’re in one of those reflective moods.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
It’s a good old fashioned soul ballad about wanting more from your lover but knowing you’ll never receive it.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I’m going to continue promoting Shoes Droppin and doing virtual shoes. But I’m also looking to the future. A writer is always writing. I’m thinking about the next batch of tunes and trying to put them together. But, if God willing, next year I’ll be performing actual shows in front of living, breathing people that have come to hear Jessie Wagner music.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I have a soft spot in my heart for Arlene’s Grocery. It’s small and cramped and there’s nowhere to sit. But I’ve done so many shows there and they’ve always shown me love. It still feels like New York City when I’m in there. I hope it survives this pandemic. But I am a nomad and I miss being on the road. I would love to get back to Europe and do a bus tour there. Fingers crossed!