Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beth Wood is premiering the deeply emotional, fiercely personal title track from her new album The Long Road exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to listen.

Wood's tender and evocative vocals power "The Long Road," a song that began as a challenge from her friend and producer Tyler Fortier. "[Fortier] challenged me to write a song with only four chords," Wood tells The Boot. "I was thinking about that and about driving late at night, and what that might sound like."

The challenge came at a particularly topsy-turvy time in Wood's life, too: "My marriage had just dissolved. I was living at a friend's house, trying to adjust to losing the life I knew," she shares. After finding some catharsis in writing "The Long Road," Wood says that she almost met Fourtier's challenge; the song was written with only five chords.

The Long Road is Wood's 11th studio album; it follows 2016's Spring Tide. The record was originally released one song at a time to subscribers of Wood's newsletter over a period of 12 months, but it'll officially drop, in its full form, on Nov. 16.

A road warrior who's been on the live music scene for years, Wood is touring across the United States in late 2018 and early 2019 to support her new record. Visit for show details.

Listen to Beth Wood's "The Long Road"

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