Songwriter Hemby announces debut, finally

Monday, November 28, 2016 – Songwriter Natalie Hemby, who penned Miranda Lambert's "Automatic" and Little Big Town's "Pontoon," will make her recording debut in January, she announced today.

"Puxico" will be out Jan. 13, 2017. The album was inspired by the annual homecoming celebrations of her grandfather's hometown of Puxico, Mo.

"When you put out your first record, it spells out who you are, both as an artist and as a person," said Hemby, who grew up in Nashville. "Puxico isn't my hometown, but it feels like it is. I've gone there every year since I was a kid. Musically, my roots are from that place. Puxico is roots-oriented music, from bluegrass to southern gothic to soul to old-school country."

Hemby co-wrote all nine of the tracks. Six of Hemby's compositions have topped the country charts during the past decade, with dozens more appearing on Top 40 albums by country, pop, rock, Americana and Christian artists.

"I spent my 20s trying to land a record deal, and most of my 30s writing for other people," she said. "It's time to put out my own record. Maybe I'm a late bloomer, or maybe it's just finally the right time to bloom."

Recorded in Nashville, "Puxico" is a family affair. GetWrucke Productions, a joint venture between Hemby and her husband - award-winning producer Mike Wrucke - will release the album. Wrucke oversaw the recording sessions, too, playing multiple instruments and handling all of the male harmonies along the way. Dummer Fred Eltringham, pedal steel ace Greg Leisz, and co-writers Trent Dabbs and Lindsay Chapman all helped in the recording.

Hemby wrote the songs during a creative period that also found her creating a feature-length documentary. Starring her grandfather and other members of the Hemby family, the Puxico film shines a light on the music-filled homecoming event that brings Hemby back to Puxico every year.

"I want people to hear the record and get nostalgic about how they grew up," she said. "I wrote this album about my life, and when people hear these songs, I want them to return to where they grew up. I want them to think about how they grew up and who they grew up with. It's very family-oriented."