"West Coast Town", the new solo album from acclaimed musician, songwriter and performer Chris Shiflett, will be released April 14 on SideOneDummy Records. In advance of the release, the title track can be streamed below.
Working with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer Matt Ross-Spang, the ten-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."
In celebration of the album release, Shiflett will embark on a series of special shows this spring, including dates in L.A., New York and Nashville. The performances will feature special opening guest Brian Whelan, who co-wrote four songs from the new album.
"West Coast Town" is Shiflett's third solo album and follows 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.
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 listing:
01. Sticks & Stones (Chris Shiflett)
02. West Coast Town (Chris Shiflett)
03. Goodnight Little Rock (Chris Shiflett)
04. Room 102 (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
05. The Girl's Already Gone (Chris Shiflett)
06. Blow Out The Candles (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
07. I'm Still Drunk (Chris Shiflett)
08. Cherry (Chris Shiflett)
09. Tonight's Not Over (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
10. Still Better Days (Chris Shiflett, Brian Whelan)
Chris Shiflett tour dates:
Mar. 21 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Lounge*
Mar. 22 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern*
Mar. 24 - Spokane, WA - The Big Dipper*
Mar. 26 - Missoula, MT - Missoula Winery*
Mar. 27 - Bozeman, MT - The Eagles Ballroom*
Mar. 28 - Ketchum, ID - Whiskey Jacques*
Mar. 30 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace*
Mar. 31 - Flagstaff, AZ - Museum Club*
Apr. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - RESIDENT*
Apr. 03 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
Apr. 06 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2*
Apr. 09 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt*
* With special guest Brian Whelan
Photo credit: Brantley Gutierrez