CHRIS SHIFLETT’S NEW SOLO ALBUM WEST COAST TOWN OUT TODAY
PRODUCED BY DAVE COBB
RECEIVES WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM
“BAKERSFIELD-MEETS-COWPUNK BARN-BURNER” –ROLLING STONE
Chris Shiflett’s highly anticipated new solo album, West Coast Town, is out today on SideOneDummy Records (purchase 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 and is already receiving widespread acclaim…
“….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.” —Rolling Stone
“The mixture of working in such a historic setting with one of the genre’s most forward-leaning producers clearly rubbed off on Shiflett, as West Coast Town authentically straddles the line between vintage country cool and the boundary-blurring spirit of modern Americana.” —Rolling Stone
“…it immediately puts you in the mood for a good-ass time.” —Noisey
“… Shiflett continues to forge his own sonic signature by drawing from his diverse musical outlets.” —AOL Build
“His voice is perfect for the alt-country/Americana sound and his tantalizing guitar licks provide just the right background for his storytelling lyrics.” —No Depression
“We highly recommend this album and consider it to be one of the best we’ve heard in 2017. Definitely get it.” —No Depression
“The entire album is steeped in classic country and Americana sounds.” —Fretboard Journal
Shiflett recently wrapped up a nationwide tour in support of the album and will perform a special in-store at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Music on Saturday, April 22 as part of their annual Record Store Day celebration.
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 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.
For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753, Amy Lipsky 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.
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
*with special guest Brian Whelan
April 22 /// Long Beach, CA /// Fingerprints Music in-store (3:00PM)
May 27 /// Napa Valley, CA /// BottleRock Festival