Rachael Sage has released the first single from her forthcoming album Character: a string quartet version of the classic Ani DiFranco song “Both Hands“. The accompanying music video premiered on PopMatters. Sage has also just been confirmed as support on the Howard Jones Acoustic Trio‘s Winter 2020 U.S. tour, beginning on January 28 in Seattle.
Sage’s fresh, string-quartet take on “Both Hands” is both musically unexpected and a full-circle moment. Sage’s first-ever tour was as an opener for DiFranco, and she has long been inspired by her fellow indie label owner – but in this case, it was more vital. While undergoing treatment for cancer in 2018, Sage listened to “Both Hands” as part of a playlist that kept her “determined and strong”. A year later, it was a natural fit for her new album Character, due out on MPress Records on March 6.
Produced by Sage and Grammy® winner Andy Zulla, the track features a string quartet performing an arrangement by cellist Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Coldplay), Sage, and Chuck Palmer. Zulla set up cameras around Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT, to capture the recording process and edited the footage into the official music video, which has premiered exclusively on PopMatters. The single is now available on all digital platforms, including Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify.
January will also see Sage heading back out onto the road supporting 80s music icon Howard Jones after accepting his personal invitation to join his US Acoustic Trio tour. Beginning on January 28 at Seattle’s Benaroya Recital Hall, she will support dates in cities including Los Angeles, Austin, St. Paul, New York City, and Miami.
Deluxe versions of “Character” are available to pre-order from MPress Records on a limited edition ‘book back CD’ (with extra acoustic tracks), and 180-gram colored vinyl, both of which contain original mask designs, featuring Sage’s own artwork. Pre-order here!