Listen: Heart’s Nancy Wilson Covers Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Rising’

Song will appear on the debut solo record by the Heart guitarist, due in early 2021


After nearly a half-century of dividing her time between bands like Heart, the Lovemongers, and Roadcase Royale, guitarist Nancy Wilson is finally releasing her debut solo LP. She’s still putting the finishing touches on the album, but she’s tentatively calling it The Lab, and her lead-off single, a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” is available right now.

“Under the conditions we’re all living in now, this song is something that might help people,” Wilson tells Rolling Stone. “It’s a spiritual song and a call to a greater good, a human condition that is bigger than we are. As humans are picked off by this crazy invisible enemy [of Covid-19], we are trying to rise up above it and take some kind of comfort in our own spirituality.”

Wilson had no intention of recording an album this year, but when the pandemic made it impossible to play live or do much of anything outside the house, she began amassing songs just to keep herself busy. “I’m not going to sit here and do a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle,” she says. “I needed to have a purpose and I needed to be creative.”

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