Chris Shiflett, lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters, will release his country leaning LP ‘West Coast Town’ this week. Also known for his tenures in punk acts No Use For A Name and Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, this will be Shiflett’s third solo release. It comes just four months after ‘Kota’, the debut solo release by Foo Fighter’s drummer Taylor Hawkins.
‘West Coast Town’ will be Shiflett’s first true foray into country music. It was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studios and produced by Dave Cobb, known for his award-winning work with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.
Speaking of his introduction to country music, Shiflett said, “I’ve heard it said by various people that country music in the South came out of the church, and country music on the West Coast came out of the honky-tonks. It’s a louder, twangier, more aggressive version of country that came out of the environment of playing shows for rowdy fans, looking to cut loose after a hard day of working in the oil fields and out on the farms. I think it was Buck Owens who said they were as loud as they were because they had to get the music over the constant din of the barrooms.”
“There’s always been a connection between punk rock and country music, especially the honky-tonk side of country. I think it all comes down to attitude. You can draw a straight line from Hank Williams to Mike Ness. There’s a certain defiant streak and rebelliousness in both genres.”
Singles ‘West Coast Town’ and ‘Stick and Stones’ are available now. The full album will be released on Friday 14th April 2017