Dom Flemons’ third solo album released in 2014, entitled Prospect Hill, is to be reissued as an expanded two-disc collection this coming February. The revised project is called Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus. This digitally expanded edition will entail equal parts new material and reissued tracks. Disc one includes the original 14 songs of Prospect Hill, and disc two contains rare and unreleased tracks – including Flemons’ 2015 vinyl-only EP What Got Over, and a selection of previously unreleased cuts called The Drum Major Instinct.
“The collection serves as a comprehensive summation of Flemons’ repertoire, which spans over 100 years and bridges the gaps among blues, country, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and hip-hop beats. Flemons has recorded original songs and instrumental tracks that paint a mosaic of American music ranging from the songsters of the 1920s to the present.” — Rolling Stone
The American Songster’s announcement for the album was followed by the record’s first re-released single: an acoustic lament called “Too Long (I’ve Been Gone)”. Flemons reflects on the meaning of the track, and why this particular re-release is so timely for him:
“For more than a decade, I’ve traveled nearly 100,000 miles every year serving as a tradition bearer to American roots music,” says Flemons. “This journey has taken me everywhere from Australia, Malaysia, Europe, the U.K. and almost every state in America. This song is a reminder of the mantra ‘when the world seems so far away, I’ve got nothing left except my mind.’”
Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus is due February 28, 2020.
Listen to the Rolling Stone premiere of the first release, “Too Long (I’ve Been Gone)”.
For more information and tour dates, visit Dom Flemons’ artist page.