Allison Russell contributed a remote performance of “Persephone” to Thursday’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert episode. The track is featured on Russell’s Grammy-nominated 2021 studio album, Outside Child.
Outside Child, the co-founding member of Our Native Daughters and Birds Of Chicago’s debut solo album, came out on May 21. The Dan Knobler-produced album is up for the Best Americana Album award at this year’s Grammys while the LP’s “Nightflyer” earned nods for both Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.
“‘Persephone’ is an homage to my first love – she helped me through my early days of being a teenage runaway and taught me that people can be kind…,” explained Russell in a press release. “It’s about the healing joy of experiencing a consensual sexual awakening after a decade of abuse – and about the transformative rebirth that is possible when we begin to love and be loved with mutual care, respect and honesty.”
Watch Allison Russell perform “Persephone” on last night’s Colbert below: