Press Release For "Thank God For My Wife"...
Tullamore, March 2021. The brand new single from STEPHEN
ROSNEY shows that the singer/songwriter knows who the boss is, and proves that
he wouldnt want it any other way! THANK GOD FOR MY WIFE is the
latest original from the midlands man, and in keeping with every release in the
Rosney songbook, it's a tune that will have fans humming along from the very first
It would be near impossible for anyone to have a career or any kind of a life
in the music business," declared Stephen, "without the support of a very
understanding partner at your side. I've said that before, manys the time, and its
something that Ill always stand by, too. This single is just an acknowledgement of
that fact. If it wasn't for my wife Helen, then its fair to say that anything ve done
or achieved with either Roslyn or the Back Axles, or as a solo artist, just wouldnt
have been possible.
That sense of love and gratitude is evident from early on in the song where
Stephen sings, my life, my everything. However, as fans of the Offaly mans
work will know, one of the hallmarks of a Rosney composition is a sense of humor.
And its very much a case of tongue-in-cheek playfulness mixed with heartfelt
sincerity in Thank God For My Wife too, as listeners will hear in lines like, Tear
down that wall, move that chest down the hall/ Put that guitar in the bin. But all of
that is simply a situation where art is reflecting life as its lived in the Rosney
I'd have a tendency to live with my tongue-in-cheek most of the time anyway!
[Laughs]. And Helen is that way inclined as well, which is obviously a good thing.
That shared sense of humor has been one of the strengths in our relationship since
the day we met. And I think its a factor that plays one of the most important roles
in any relationship. Most of what I sing in this song has probably happened in some
shape or another, I might just have changed a few details to protect the guilty
[Laughs]. But like that line about the guitar, I'd always know that Helen never
actually means that, and shed always know that I understand what it really means
is d better put it away for a while if I want any dinner! [Laughs].
Indeed, the strength of Stephen and Helens bond was demonstrated by the fact
that they ventured into the recording studio last year to duet on a track
called Something We Can Work On, a co-write between Stephen and Lusmagh
lyricist and poet Anthony Sullivan. Also last year, Stephen released a powerful tribute
to the late John Prine, one of those who have sadly been taken from this world too
soon as a result of Covid 19. That song, Still Around Somehow, written by Joe Kelly
and Paul McNeilly, also featured the talents of some of Nashvilles top players. Bob
Miner, who spent twenty-seven years with Tim McGraw, played acoustic guitar,
while David Roe Rorick who played with Johnny Cash was on upright bass. Aaron
Till, who played fiddle and mandolin, has also played with Pam Tillis, Mark Chesnutt
and Asleep At The Wheel. The songs producer, Mike Scott, took on banjo, with the
multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Carl Jackson, who played with Glen
Campbell for twelve years, joined Stephen on vocals.
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