Story behind ‘White Dove of the Desert’ – Rick Lang

June 8, 2021

Rick Lang, Dark Shadow Recording, Kati Penn, bluegrass, acoustic, Syntax Creative - imageWhen songs represent actual fact and history, they embody a particular depth not found in those written for love or fiction. In anticipation his new album A Tale to Tell (Dark Shadow Recording, coming 2021), GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Rick Lang offers new single “White Dove of the Desert,” written and titled after visiting the Tucson, AZ cathedral that shares its nickname. “I was so captivated [by the San Xavier del Bac Mission] I knew I had to write a song about it,” says Lang in this story behind the song video. Featuring vocalist Kati Penn, the single releases Wednesday, June 9, 2021, and also features Becky Buller (fiddle), Ned Luberecki (banjo), Stephen Mougin (guitar/harmony vocal), Todd Parks (bass), Jr. Williams (harmony vocal), and was produced/engineered by Stephen Mougin for Dark Shadow Recording.

Learn more about Lang’s reaction to this inspiring historical landmark (built in 1700) by clicking the “play” button above (video length, 3:47).


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