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Donovan Woods announces new album, Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now

10 June 2024, 12:00 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Donovan Woods has announced his forthcoming seventh studio album, Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now, alongside the latest single, “116 West Main, Durham, NC.”

"I wrote this in a green room at The Carolina Theatre in Durham. I had a great day walking around (really nice town), and I was feeling hopeful. This is what passes as hopeful for me,” notes Donovan. “I’m trying to forgive myself more, and that’s what I’m doing here. I wanted it to feel like one of those days when you’re getting a lot of errands done. Maybe you’re walking, and your legs feel good. You feel like you could walk forever. It’s sunny, not too hot, and you think it’s good that time rolls on. Maybe it is actually good. Saxophones are the sound of moving on. Maybe you didn’t know that."

Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now, finds Woods reflecting on the ups and downs he has been through since 2020, when he dropped his award-winning last album, Without People.

Woods was joined in the studio by a number of friends, co-writing “Back For The Funeral” with Lori McKenna and Matt Nathanson, lead single “Rosemary” with Connor Seidel, “I’m Just Trying To Get Home” with Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves, Noah Cyrus) and Matt Prime (Sam Smith, Aloe Blacc, Charlie Puth), and featuring William Prince. Along with “When Our Friends Come Over,” a duet written and performed with Madi Diaz.


  1. Rosemary
  2. 116 West Main, Durham, NC
  3. Trompsingel (Another Life)
  4. It’s Been Like That For A While
  5. Living Well
  6. Well Read
  7. Back For The Funeral
  8. Don’t Talk to Her at Night
  9. I’m Just Trying To Get Home (feat. William Prince)
  10. When Our Friends Come Over (feat. Madi Diaz)
  11. All Raked Flat

Things Were Never Good If They’re Not Good Now, is due for release on 12 July via End Times Music, and is available to pre-order now.

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