Jackson Rathbone just lately debuted his first solo album American Spirit Blues, and he's sharing the story behind each monitor with Streets Talkin at this time (Nov. 12).
A group of songs that span the actor/singer's decade-long profession, American Spirit Blues is a mirrored image of who Rathbone was, is, and hopes to change into. Blending folks and rock, the album explores the true American Spirit whereas echoing Rathbone's prolonged journey in the direction of a private aim: making music that's true to himself.
As an actor, Rathbone is thought for his work within the iconic Twilight Saga. He additionally starred in 2010's The Last Airbender and can seem (and sing) within the upcoming indie movie Heart, Baby!, due for launch in theaters and on VOD on Nov. 23.
Check out Rathbone's breakdown of American Spirit Blues under.
I went again to Austin, Texas to file these songs. I connected with an outdated buddy from Midland, T.X. who had constructed a studio simply south of Austin — James Jones of Twin Creeks Studios. We did a very good quantity of preproduction work to therapeutic massage these tunes into the Americana sound I had been listening to in my head. We didn't wish to go too nation with these songs, however nonetheless desired a little bit of that vibe. We added the slide guitar on the opening. The tune breaks right into a Beatles-inspired romp on the outro, a spherical of singing the mantra that stored me writing and creating: “Don’t let these bastards get you down.”
"Young + Tragic"
I had been making an attempt to determine this tune for a very long time. James got here up with this nice opening guitar lick and the tune took off from there. We by no means anticipated this tune to be the primary single, because it doesn't have a easy “hook,” however we beloved the way it moved and bopped alongside. James and my spouse, Sheila, will be heard singing backing vocals with me as a form of callback to these voices of buddies serving to you alongside via the tough occasions. I attempted taking part in the rolling banjo on the refrain, as I at all times beloved that sound in basic Americana tunes. That, and the mandolin with organ, simply retains that vitality flowing.
"One Foot within the Grave"
I’ve been penning this tune as a narrative that has a concrete starting and ending, however wished the center to be open to the listener’s personal interpretation. It’s a tune about working from demise, and the way we wish to change our current state of affairs with a little bit of Bonnie and Clyde kind of characters. We by no means see how Robbie and Joanie meet, however they’re buried collectively on the finish of this tune. This tune was initially written on the banjo, however we switched it to the piano and guitar pushed sensibility. It was actually enjoyable to get somewhat wild with the refrain. Bassist Chris Cox actually nails the bass half on this part and it makes me dance just like the weirdo I’m!
This tune almost didn't make the reduce. It was initially written as a foolish little ukulele and child piano tune, and the completed model sounds nothing just like the demo. We actually dug Benjamin Booker’s two albums, and he’s a little bit of an inspiration for the way in which we stored this tune easy, pushed and easy. The tune is about how a lot I hate writing love songs, however typically you have got just a few whiskies they usually simply come out anyway. The finish horn part actually ties the tune up properly, and Austin native Michael St. Clair was a blast to work with. He helped develop the harmonies and organized the trumpet and the trombone to create an enormous sound on the album.
I’ve had just a few traumatic deaths in my life: each of my fraternal grandparents died in a automobile accident once I was in eight grade. My finest buddy [singer/songwriter] Spencer Bell, was taken by adrenal most cancers on the tender age of 20. My buddy, who I moved out to L.A. in 2003 to jot down for, died in bike accident after which, most just lately, the very best man at my wedding ceremony, my expensive buddy, band mate and mentor Lawrence Abrams was taken by most cancers two years in the past. This tune is about demise chasing me. Or no less than the way in which it feels. I’m not too certain. It all feels so heavy typically, so I suppose that’s what it’s about. You’ll get to the top ultimately. It’s from the standpoint of a demise row inmate, so, a little bit of a heavier tune.
Remember how I hate love songs? This is me writing a love tune. This one is for my spouse and companion, Sheila. She’s truly singing backup on a number of these tunes as a result of: 1) she’s a greater singer than me and a pair of) she actually saved my life and weathered the occasional storms of my inventive melancholy. This is my favourite tune on the file. I’ve had it in my head for years now. The ending of this tune, the “la la las,” is one thing I heard in a dream. Hearing it in actual life is odd to me and really releasing. It looks like a brand new starting. I’m very happy with this one.
Listen to American Spirit Blues under.