English-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Karen Elson returns with her sophomore album Double Roses. It was recorded in Los Angeles, at the world-renowned United Studios (neé Ocean Way) in Hollywood, with producer Jonathan Wilson (Jackson Browne, Father John Misty, Conor Oberst). A long time fan of the sun soaked sounds of the ‘Laurel Canyon' era, it was the perfect place to commit her songs to tape. The album features collaborations with an array of musical talent, including The Black Keys' Pat Carney, Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Benmont Tench, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Nate Wolcott (Bright Eyes), Paul Cartwright and Dhani Harrison.
Elston's 2010 debut The Ghost Who Walks was written almost entirely from the confines of her bedroom closet where she retreated from her family to write in secret, but Double Roses wasn't such a covert creation. Longing to write and record again, but consumed with parenting two young children and continually in demand by what she affectionately calls "the day job," it took a few years to find the necessary time, perfect collaborators, and the strength of character to go as deep as she needed to delve into her own psyche to create her second album. The turning point was "Distant Shore," and after that the floodgates were open, and things she'd kept bottled up for years began pouring out, detailing the emotional geography of her heart, always hovering somewhere between uncertainty and regret, without truly landing on either. But in the end finding out who she really was as a person.
The title Double Roses is taken from a Sam Shepard poem that appears in his journal collection Motel Chronicles. Emotionally struck by the poem, and its reference to England, Elson incorporated the verse as spoken word into the title track and sought Shephard's permission to do so – sending a letter to him via her friend and bandmate Jackson Smith's mother, the poet/musician Patti Smith.