Nancy Wilson Debuts Powerful Music Video for “Walk Away,” from ‘You and Me’ Solo LP

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You and Me, the new solo album from Heart‘s Nancy Wilson that marked her very first such release in her amazing career, is an especially personal collection of songs, borne out of love, pain, reflection and hope.

“Walk Away” is one of the record’s most powerful tracks, and the song recently received a fittingly resonant music video treatment:

Speaking with Rock Cellar’s Frank Mastropolo in a feature interview geared around the release of You and Me, Wilson summed up the special kind of power she felt helming her own original solo project: “I do get to feel like a boss, I do love that feeling. I know how to delegate when I’m inside a power structure like Heart. But I do enjoy and really love the freedom of being the boss inside my own system.” 

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Recorded at her home studio in Northern California during lockdown without the benefit of having other musicians in the room, Wilson used a file-sharing service to distribute the tracks among the musicians in Seattle. The tracks were mixed in Denver and the album was then mastered in Austin, Texas.

Beyond “Walk Away,” the album fears several other compositions that hold significant meaning for Wilson — such as “4 Edward,” which closes the album and is an homage to her late friend, Eddie Van Halen.

As she told Rock Cellar regarding that song:

Eddie was one of the sweetest souls, a really beautiful soul. He had a lot of joy, you could just see it when he played. He always had a big Cheshire cat grin, a big, happy energy that came with him. And those guys would party like no other partiers in the world. Heart was on a tour with them here and there and they introduced us to the Kamikaze at a bar in some hotel one time. And we were like, “Whoa! Wow! How do you drink more than one of those?”

He said one time, “The way you play your acoustic guitar, you’re a really good player.” And I said, “Oh no, you can’t tell me that,” because here’s the wizard. “Why don’t you play more acoustic?” And he said, “I don’t really have an acoustic.” And I said, “Well, that’s impossible, you have to have an acoustic right now.” So I gave one to him.

And then fast forward to the break of dawn the next morning, it’s still dark outside, and he calls my room, “Listen, listen, listen, listen, I’ve made this song, you gotta check it out.” He played me this beautiful piece of instrumental acoustic music, just beautiful, kinda classical, and then a little rock, and a bit of classical at the end. After he left us and I was making this album, I said, “I gotta do something to pay tribute to my friend Eddie.” So I talked about it in the press before I even started it because then I had to face the challenge of actually doing it. So I painted myself into a terrible corner [laughs].

I was determined to make something great, something beautiful, at least. I used a little bit of the melodic content from “Jump” in there, just a tip of the hat to “Jump.” It all came together finally. I was so nervous when I was trying to record that. My hands were shaking. It was like, “Can I really do this for Eddie?” He must be looking down from the Angel Ballroom going, “Oh yeah, good luck with that“ [laughs].

Other standouts on the album include the original track “Party at the Angel Ballroom,” which features Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan and Foo Fighters‘ Taylor Hawkins.

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