You might not be able to tell it from his day job holding down guitar for one of the world’s biggest rock groups, but Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett is a country fan at heart.
Nowhere is this more apparent than on his new single ‘West Coast Town’, a rollicking country tune which marks the lead song from his forthcoming solo album, set for release on April 14th. This will be Shiflett’s third solo album, following 2010’s Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants and 2013’s All Hat and No Cattle.
“I wrote ‘West Coast Town’ about growing up in Santa Barbara in the Seventies and Eighties and what that felt like to me,” Shiflett told Rolling Stone. “The demo version had a completely different groove, but Cobb flipped it on its head and took it further out west, more Californian. I’m glad he did.”
“I grew up in a west coast town, back before they chased the working class out”, he sings, and it’s a message many will relate to.
Check out the song, below.
West Coast Town is Shiflett’s third solo album, after 2010’s Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants and 2013’s collection of honky-tonk covers All Hat and No Cattle. For his third time out, Shiflett continues to forge his own sonic signature by drawing from his diverse musical outlets – his main gig since 1999 has been playing lead guitar for Foo Fighters and he is also a member of punk rock cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
Shiflett can also be heard on his Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett podcast