Chris Shiflett’s new solo album, Hard Lessons, will be released June 21st on East Beach Records & Tapes/Thirty Tigers and is now available for pre-order. Produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb, the album features ten new songs including single “Welcome To Your First Heartache”.
Recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A, the album features Shiflett on electric guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar as well as an all-star collection of studio musicians including Chris Powell (Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson) on drums and percussion, Brian Allen (Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson) on bass, Michael Webb (Ashley Monroe, Eli Young Band) on keyboards and Paul Franklin (Vince Gill, Dire Straits) on pedal steel and Kristen Rogers (Anderson East, Lori McKenna) on harmony vocals. The album also features a duet with Elizabeth Cook on “The One You Go Home To” and special guest guitarist Laur “Little Joe”
Joamets on “This Ol’ World.”
Of the album, Shiflett comments, “I remember one night between Foo Fighters gigs last year I went out for dinner with Dave Cobb to chit chat about making this record. He said he had a vision of me playing through an old Marshall JCM-800. So, when it came time to record, we found one on Craigslist, cranked it up and it was perfect.” Chris continues: “I think this record hits a little closer to mixing everywhere I’ve been musically into one big blender and comes out something a little different. Since it was my second time working with Cobb and Co. out there at RCA Studio A, I kind of knew what to expect as far as his process, so I intentionally didn’t overthink or over-demo the songs because I didn’t want to get too stuck on any ideas I brought with me. I couldn’t be more excited about the results.”
Hard Lessons is Shiflett’s fourth solo album and the second in collaboration with Cobb who produced 2017’s widely praised West Coast Town.