Chris Shiflett's West Coast Town Streaming Now at Rolling Stone
Chris Shiflett's highly anticipated new solo album, West Coast Town, is premiering in full today exclusively at Rolling Stone. Listen here.
Out this Friday, April 14 on SideOneDummy Records, the album is now available forpre-order, which includes instant downloads of two album tracks: "West Coast Town" and "Sticks & Stones." Additionally, the iTunes version of the album includes a special bonus track, "Mrs. America."
Shiflett is in the middle of a nation-wide tour in support of the album including a special in-store performance at Long Beach's Fingerprints Music on Saturday, April 22 as part of their annual Record Store Day celebration.
Already receiving advance acclaim, Rolling Stone asserts, "....flawlessly blends blue-collar country punk with a catchy Bakersfield bounce. Borrowing the rowdy swagger of Prison Bound-era Social Distortion and the SoCal sheen of Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, Shiflett crafts a sound that is both geographically grounded and wholly his own." Additionally, Vice's Noisey premiered the official video for the title track praising, "...it immediately puts you in the mood for a good-ass time." Watch/share HERE. Moreover, Beats 1 radio with Zane Lowe recently debuted "Sticks & Stones." Listen to the full interview and song premiere HERE and watch the official music video HERE.
Working with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Matt Ross-Spang, the 10-track album was recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A during the summer of 2016. In addition to Shiflett on electric guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar and percussion, the album features an all-star collection of studio musicians, including Robby Turner (Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton) on pedal steel, Chris Powell (Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson) on drums and percussion, Adam Gardner (Southern Family) on bass and Michael Webb (Southern Family) on keyboards.
Of making the album, Shiflett comments, "After being a fan of Dave Cobb's work for years, recording with him and his crew was everything I'd hoped it would be. His input on and arrangements of my songs took them into places I wouldn't have imagined. Plus the speed that he creates at was inspiring."
West Coast Town is Shiflett's third solo album and follow's 2013's All Hat and No Cattle, which features covers of nine classic honky-tonk songs by artists such as Don Rich, Waylon Jennings, Faron Young, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Of the album,American Songwriter asserts, "The guitar sounds are predictably killer, but Shiflett really lets loose on the vocals," while Paste Magazine praises, "Shiflett's vocal performances are nearly always impressive and interesting, and he never tries too hard to imitate or stray away from the styles of the original artists; rather, he is able to appropriately insert himself into these songs in a way that feels quite natural."
Born in Santa Barbara and now based in Los Angeles, Shiflett is widely known as the guitarist for Foo Fighters as well as for his previous work with Dead Peasants and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. In addition to music, Shiflett is the creator and host of the weekly podcast, "Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett," which features one-on-one interviews with a wide range of musical guests, writers, athletes, and artists. Past guests include Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Mike Ness, Steve Earle, John Doe, Sturgill Simpson, Mickey Raphael and more.
WEST COAST TOWN TRACK LIST
1. Sticks & Stones (Chris Shiflett)
2. West Coast Town (Chris Shiflett)
3. Goodnight Little Rock (Chris Shiflett)
4. Room 102 (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
5. The Girl's Already Gone (Chris Shiflett)
6. Blow Out The Candles (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
7. I'm Still Drunk (Chris Shiflett)
8. Cherry (Chris Shiflett)
9. Tonight's Not Over (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
10. Still Better Days (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
CHRIS SHIFLETT TOUR DATES
April 10-Atlanta, GA-Eddie's Attic*
April 22-Long Beach, CA-Fingerprints Music in-store (3:00PM)
May 27-Napa Valley, CA-BottleRock Festival
*with special guest Brian Whelan