Lawrence Rothman’s new song "Yesterday Tomorrow" debuts today; watch the official music video

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Acclaimed songwriter, musician and producer Lawrence Rothman’s new song, “Yesterday Tomorrow,” is debuting today. Listen to the song HERE and watch the official music video, directed by renowned director Floria Sigismondi (Sam Smith, Rihanna, Taylor Swift), HERE.

Reflecting on the song, Rothman shares, “‘Yesterday Tomorrow’ is about breaking free from the constraints of societal norms and embracing the fluidity of time, identity and purpose. My lyric is navigating the liminal space between memory and anticipation. The past doesn’t define us, and the future isn’t predetermined. It’s easy to feel nostalgic to a time when you felt safe and happy. But nostalgia is the death of progress. A lot of people complain about the current times we live in, but I subscribe to the idea of embracing the chaos, keep dancing on the edge of uncertainty, create the things you want to see, hear or experience. Redefine the very essence of what it means to exist in the contemporary landscape.”

“Yesterday Tomorrow” is the latest track unveiled from Rothman’s anticipated new album, The Plow That Broke the Plains, which will be released April 26 on KRO Records (pre-order). Ahead of the release, Rothman has shared three additional songs: the title track, “Poster Child” (written with and guitars by Jason Isbell) and “LAX” (feat. Amanda Shires), which Rolling Stone recently selected as a “Song You Need to Know,” while American Songwriter praised it as “moving and vulnerable.”

Born in St. Louis, MO and now based between Los Angeles and Nashville, Rothman is known for their genre-bending work, which includes their most recent album, 2021’s acclaimed Good Morning, America (feat. Lucinda Williams, Amanda Shires, Marissa Nader, Girlpool, etc) as well as their work as a producer and songwriter for artists including Angel Olsen, Margo Price, Amanda Shires, Kali Uchis, Kim Gordon, SASAMI, Soccer Mommy and more.

For this next chapter in their ever-evolving artistic career, Rothman arrived at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios to make an album that stands as a testament to resilience—capturing the strength and lessons salvaged from their decade-long struggle with body dysmorphia, while addressing themes of addiction, gender identity and societal pressures. Recorded primarily live, with an emphasis on first takes, the 13-track album was produced and mixed by Lawrence Rothman and Yves Rothman (Yves Tumor, Blondshell), with contributions from Isbell, Amanda Shires and S.G. Goodman. Rooted in Rothman’s upbringing surrounded by folk and country music in Missouri, The Plow That Broke the Plains is a snapshot of their most unfiltered self.

Describing the recording process, Rothman shares, “The Plow That Broke the Plains is me not hiding behind any persona or mask and just being myself and putting that uncensored self into the words and recordings no matter how painful the confrontation was.”

In celebration of the release, Rothman will embark on a west coast tour this spring including stops at L.A.’s Lodge Room, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, Portland’s Show Bar, San Diego’s Soda Bar, Pioneertown’s Pappy and Harriet’s and Nashville’s The Basement among others. See below for full itinerary.

1. Yesterday Tomorrow
2. LAX (feat. Amanda Shires)
3. Poster Child
4. The Plow That Broke The Plains
5. Kerosene
6. Twin Flames
7. Dreams Die Hard
8. Never A Right Time
9. R. Blood (feat. S.G. Goodman)
10. Don’t Hang Up On Me
11. Drugstore Bummin
12. Doesn’t Work Like That
13. No Vacancy

April 25—Los Angeles, CA—The Lodge Room
April 26—Santa Cruz, CA—The Atrium at the Catalyst
April 27—San Francisco, CA—The Lost Church
April 28—Folsom, CA—Folsom Hotel
April 29—Reno, NV—Holland Project
May 1—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern
May 2—Portland, OR—Show Bar
May 3—Willamina, OR—Wildwood Hotel
May 8—Costa Mesa, CA—The Wayfarer
May 9—San Diego—Soda Bar
May 10—Phoenix, AZ—Dirty Drummer
May 11—Tucson, AZ—Club Congress
May 12—Pioneertown, CA—Pappy and Harriet’s
May 18—Nashville, TN—The Basement