On May 7th 2021 Nancy Wilson will release her first studio solo album “You And Me”.
The album will contain a dozen tracks, 8 original tracks and a few covers.
Among the covers there is the first song she released from the album, her version of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”.
Other covers include her take on Pearl Jam’s “Daughter”, Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” which she does with guest Sammy Hagar and The Cranberries “Dreams” with Liv Warfield from Prince’s New Power generation and Nancy’s previous band Roadcase Royale.
Duff McKagan and Taylor Hawkins also show up as guests on the record.
Nancy had announced after Eddie Van Halen passed that she would do a song in tribute to him on the album.
On April 15th 2021 Nancy released that song “4 Edward”.
Why is the song an acoustic instrumental?
According to Blabbermouth Nancy told Australian Musician ““One time Eddie said to me — and I love to tell this story — ‘I love the way you play that acoustic guitar,’” she continued. “And I go, ‘Well, thanks. Coming from you, that’s everything. Why don’t you ever play acoustic guitar?’ And he said, ‘Well, I don’t really have an acoustic guitar.’ And I was, like, ‘Well, you sure do now, because I’m giving you one right now.’ So then, cut to the crack of dawn the next morning, and my phone in my hotel room rings, and it’s Eddie. And he goes, ‘You’ve gotta listen to this. Listen to this. Listen, listen, listen, listen.’ So I was, like, ‘Okay.’ I was not even awake. But he played to me over the phone this really beautiful piece of acoustic music — an instrumental — that had elements of classical and then some really rock stuff in the middle, and then another beautiful melodic flourish at the end.
“So I got to be the one who gave Eddie his first acoustic. And somewhere there’s gotta be that song [that he played for me] somewhere recorded; it’ll probably turn up.
“So what I did is, for him, I wanted to return the favor of something that was so unforgettable, just over a hotel phone, that he played for me. So [my song is] like about a minute and a half, and it starts out very sort of classically oriented, and it goes into a rock thing. So the shape is very similar to what I vaguely recall, what he [played] for me. And I’m really proud of it, and I’m proud of the whole thing.”
Check out “4 Edward” below.