Maggie Bjorklund Premieres New Album, 'Shaken' —Exclusive

Today, presents the exclusive premiere of Shaken, the new album by Maggie Björklund, a pedal steel guitarist — and singer/songwriter — from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Shaken will be released October 14 in the U.S. via Bloodshot Records.

If Björklund looks familiar, it might be due to her recent work with former White Stripes frontman Jack White. She has performed frequently with White and appeared on his latest album, 2014's Lazaretto. She's also landed gigs with X’s John Doe, not to mention Exene Cervenka and Howe Gelb.

For Shaken, Björklund put together an A-list band featuring drummer John Convertino (Calexico), Barb Hunter on cello, Jim Barr (Portishead) on bass, John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) on guitars/electric bass and production, and a featured guest vocal appearance by Kurt Wagner (Lambchop).

“The album took form in the midst of some big changes in my life,” Björklund said. “My mother died. I wrote a big part of the material while going to the hospital every day and helping her on her last road to the end.”

Shaken is full of potent memories and emotional outpouring, as translated into the warm but dark sonic textures. Much of the music here, whether instrumental or with vocals, flows like dreams, with the listener visualizing the scenery via detailed aural talisman.

At the sounds' core are the subtly dominant and defining touches of Bjorklund’s Sho-Bud pedal steel melody lines, best heard in the distorted ghostly swells of “Bottom of the Well” and the breathy waves of “The Unlucky.”

Check out the album below. As always, be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments below or on Facebook.

Shaken is available for pre-order at For more about Björklund, head here or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.