Nashville-based singer-songwriter Cassidy Dickens views life as a series of interlacing stories—and she just can’t help but write them all down.
Raised on an eclectic blend of classic country, bluegrass gospel, and oldies tunes, Cassidy first fell in love with narrative songwriting in the backseat of her dad’s Chevy Lumina while driving through her hometown in southern West Virginia. She was four. The song was “Lonesome Dove” by Garth Brooks. And as her dad helped her understand the complex tale of true love, impassioned revenge, and female strength, she felt a little spark alight in her heart.
From that day on, she’s chased her passion for singing and songwriting all over the U.S., performing throughout Appalachia, the southeast, and the west coast for more than a decade. When her family moved to California during her late teenage years, Cassidy truly found her voice and developed a sound all her own—a rootsy-but-modern, east-meets-west sensibility that marries the sincerity of folk icons like Patty Griffin and Lori Mckenna with the contemporary edge of artists like Alanis Morissette, Jewel, and Natalie Merchant.
In her new record, Anxious Love, Cassidy harnesses her innate love of storytelling, poignant lyricism, and uniquely emotional vocals to breathe new life into ancient motifs. Delving into complex topics like grief, longing, nostalgia, homesickness, and all-consuming love, Cassidy sings with the intense passion of youth, but the soul and wisdom of someone many decades her senior.
Recorded by fellow Americana artist, songwriter, and producer Ben Justus, Anxious Love was tracked in East Nashville and features instrumentation by Cassidy and Ben, as well as local folk duo Buffalo Gals and accomplished pianist John Deaderick.