Quicksand is Reagan Boggs’ third and latest solo release. It gets its name from “Can’t Do Life,” a song that Boggs wrote nearly five years ago. It represents the constant tug-of-war that can go on in the mind between hopes and expectations and the reality of what is as “life happens.” It illustrates the difficulty of change and how easily we are drug down by acceptance.
The “quicksand” theme resonates throughout the album. The 12 songs on the project that are her own writings expose a very raw, vulnerable side of her. They cross a range of emotions from insecurity, hopelessness, loss, and revelation. With her rich voice, she strips bare stark realities, feelings, and situations that trap people in jobs, places, and relationships. The album is not all “depressing,” she says with a laugh. She does admit the overall mood may be serious, “but these are the things we struggle with, or at least I know I do.”
There is more diversity in the sound when compared to her previous releases Never Looking Behind and Right Now. She showcases her Pound, VA heritage in the light-hearted track, “Appalachia,” that has a roots feel mixed with a little JJ Cale. “Not the New Me” leans more toward a blues or Motown vibe, and the driving acoustic guitar in “Come to Me” is reminiscent of early Steve Earle. “When it Mattered,” a good-bye lullaby with a sarcastic edge, may have fit nicely on AM Country playlists in the 1960s.
The new album also features a unique rendition of Eddie Vedder’s “Better Man” delivered in first-person. “The idea was to have listeners ‘see’ through a woman’s voice,” Boggs explains. “Abuse is not always physical or visible, and leaving or being alone seems much worse than just dealing with it. It’s such a great song – with such an unnerving production.”
Reagan teams again with producer and engineer Eric Fritsch (Sheryl Crow, Scott Miller) of Eastwood Studios in Nashville, TN. The recording includes an array of talented musicians including Fritsch playing multiple parts. Dave Coleman (The Coal Men) sings and plays steel guitar on the duet “You Deserve Better.” Paul Griffith (John Prine, Chris Knight), Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), and Matt Crouse (Billy Dean, Savannah Jack) play drums on the record. Park Chisolm (Kevin Costner, Jo Dee Messina) and Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil, Elizabeth Cook) are featured on electric and upright bass. David Duffy (Elvis Perkins) plays the violin and Eric Brace (Last Train Home) also helps tell the story of “Better Man.”
Quicksand is due out January 28th. For more information and a free download of “Better Man,” visit www.reaganboggs.com.