Stevie Nicks has lay dormant for six long years, waiting for the right moment to release new music.
Now, the Fleetwood Mac singer has emerged with the solo song “Show Them the Way,” her first since the 2014 LP 24 Karat Gold. There are two versions of the track. One features a full band with Dave Stewart on the guitar, and Dave Grohl on the drums. It’s a modern take on Nicks’ raggedy and soulful rhythm. The other utilizes only piano and guitar to emphasize Stevie’s powerful lyrics.
The “Edge of Seventeen” singer tells Rolling Stone magazine civil rights icons from 1960’s America, including Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis and President John F. Kennedy inspired the lyrics. She also used images from a dream. “I watched it all,” she said.
“Then, what happened was, one night I went to bed and I had this dream. This dream was so really real that there was a little bit of me, for a minute, when I sat up was like, ‘Did that just really happen?’ So I wrote it down just in prose.”
COVID-19 has impacted Stevie’s life in a big way. Her empathy for virus victims has manifested into desire to create and entertain. She tells the Associated Press “This pandemic is more than just a pandemic for me. This is stealing what I consider to be my last youthful years. I don’t have just 10 years to hang around and wait for this thing to go away. I have places to go, people to sing for, another album to make."
She hopes to satisfy fans with a new concert film “Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert.” It was recorded over two nights during her 2016-17 “24 Karat Gold” tour and will be available at select theaters and drive-ins on October 21 and 25. A CD and digital album of the concert will be released October 30.
In the lead up to her latest single, Nicks spoke with the Los Angeles Times and recounted her last message to former Fleetwood Mac singer Lindsey Buckingham, who was fired from the iconic group in 2018, and suffered a heart attack one year later.
Nicks says she told him in a letter, “you better take care of yourself. You better take it easy, and you better do everything they tell you, and get your voice back and feel the grace that you have made it through this.”