Curtis Stigers has announced the release of his new album, This Life, which will be out on Emarcy/Universal Music on February 25. The record sees Stigers revisit his hits with reimagined versions of classic songs including “I Wonder Why”, “You’re All That Matters To Me”,(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding” and more.
“I don’t tend to look back much, musically speaking”, Stigers states in the liner notes to the album. “However, this time I set out with a plan to record songs from my previous twelve studio albums that I now play live in concert in a distinctly different way than I recorded them originally. Songs and arrangements grow and evolve from their recorded versions over time, as we play them again and again for audiences.”
It’s been 30 years since Stigers released his eponymous debut album which took the charts by storm and generated the international hits “I Wonder Why”, “You’re All That Matters To Me”, and “Never Saw A Miracle”. For This Life a seasoned Curtis Stigers has revisited these early successes (and a couple of later ones) and put a jazz spin on them.
The repertoire includes a new version of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding”, which Stigers originally recorded in 1992 for the smash hit film soundtrack of The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Also included is a fresh rendition of the title song, the Emmy-nominated theme song Curtis co-wrote and recorded in 2008 for the popular TV show Sons Of Anarchy.
To coincide with the release of his new album, Stigers will also be playing a UK tour in February and March 2022. Visit the artist’s official website for further information.
This Life includes the following tracks:
“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding” (Nick Lowe)
“You’re All That Matters To Me” (Curtis Stigers/Gregg Sutton/Shelly Peiken)
“I Don’t Wanna Talk About It Now” (Emmylou Harris/Jill Cunniff/Daryl Johnson)
“I Wonder Why” (Curtis Stigers/Glen Ballard)
“This Life” (Curtis Stigers/Bob Thiele Jr./Dave Kushner/Kurt Sutter) 3:35
“Keep Me From The Cold” (Curtis Stigers/Glen Ballard) 4:43
“Summertime” (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/DuBose Heyward/Dorothy Heyward)
“Don’t Go Far” (Curtis Stigers/Beth Nielsen Chapman)
“Tonight Will Be Fine” (Leonard Cohen)
“Swingin’ Down At 10th & Main” (Curtis Stigers)
“Never Saw A Miracle” (Curtis Stigers/Barry Mann)
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (Bob Dylan) (LP-ONLY BONUS TRACK)