Chris Shiflett wears many hats: punk rock veteran; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; Fender signature artist; alt-country songwriter; modern-day guitar hero…
Since the late ‘90s, he has been performing guitar duties with Foo Fighters while simultaneously working on numerous other musical projects, including a successful solo career.
Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, the Raconteurs, the White Stripes) the Californian’s latest single – “Long, Long Year” – was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with an all-star band comprising bassist Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Jack White, Wanda Jackson), drummer Julian Doro (Eagles of Death Metal, The Whigs), keyboardist Mike Webb, steel guitarist Luke Schneider, and mandolinist/harmony vocalist Sierra Hull.
Watch the new lyric video here…
“My trip out to Nashville in March of 2021 was my first time recording any solo material since I made Hard Lessons,” said Shiflett, referring to his 2019 solo album.
“I hadn’t done much traveling post-Covid lockdown so I was a little nervous heading out there to work with a producer and roomful of musicians I didn’t really know.
“In true Nashville style we made our introductions and got right down to work, hammering out the basic tracks in a few hours.”
The aptly titled “Long, Long Year” was conceived during the first part of lockdown when Shiflett was holed up in his Los Angeles studio.
“The line ‘It’s been a long, long year’ was rattling around my head for obvious reasons, but I framed it as a love song,” recalls the maestro.
“Vance was great and made me feel right at home, and the group of players he put together were on point.
“Next day, we did some overdubs and Sierra came in and added mandolin and harmony vocals on ‘Long, Long Year’ and the tracks started coming together.”
Click here for more information on Chris Shiflett's latest single, "Long, Long Year."
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.