Heartbreak often precipitates creativity — and lost love is the driving force behind Pegi Young’s fifth album, Raw, due out in February. Recorded with her band, The Survivors, the set follows a devastating blow to the 64-year-old’s personal life: Her separation from husband Neil after 36 years of marriage. “Having gone through a painful divorce, I sought solace in writing,” Young tells EW by email.
She also mixed in timely covers, including a version of “Trying to Live My Life Without You,” the breakup anthem popularized by soul singer Otis Clay and rocker Bob Seger. Young says that after someone suggested the song to her, she listened to the versions by Clay and Seger and immediately decided to make it her own.
“This song clearly addresses the changes in my personal life over the recent years,” she writes. “Having lived with, raised a family, and shared a close and personal relationship with another person for 36 years, being alone again takes some getting used to.” But despite the “major adjustment” that she’s faced in recent years, Young says she’s on the up-and-up. “I am doing better all the time,” she explains. “Plus, I have my creative outlets, as evidenced by my recording of Raw, which has been satisfying and healing.”
Check out EW’s premiere of “Trying to Live My Life Without You” and its music video below, and stay tuned for Raw, out Feb. 17.