Pegi Young launched her solo career in 2007 and now she's about to release her first album since the end of her 36-year marriage in 2014, and it's full of songs she wrote about the break-up and its aftermath, including tracks like Gave My Best to You, Lonely, You Won't Take My Laugh Away from Me, and both tender and defiant covers of tunes by Dolly Parton and Nancy Sinatra.

Pegi tells Rolling Stone magazine the split was a surprise, stating, "We were having a rough patch, but I never would've thought in a million years we would be getting divorced. So, yeah, there was a bit of a shock value there."

The 63-year-old channelled her pain into new songs for the album Raw, which she'll release in February (17).

"We looked at all the songs we had and I just put together this initial sequence and, you know, it was perfect," she tells the publication. "It told a story. I kind of look at it as a soundtrack to the seven stages of grief. You've got anger, then shock and disbelief. As we go through the album, the later songs show my growth...

"I think the last song, that wonderful Don Henley song The Heart of the Matter, talks about forgiveness. That's really where it's at, you know?"

And now Pegi insists she has passed through the heartbreak: "I've actually written a couple of songs in the last couple of months that are a little bit more lighthearted."