- 09 Sep 22
The alt rock band’s guitarist is carrying the torch, releasing his second single within the last two months. Leading up to his forthcoming solo album, Shiflett’s newest release is a love letter to his upbringing.
Foo Fighters’ guitarist Chris Shiflett debuts his new single ‘Born & Raised’ today, following July’s ‘Long, Long Year.’ The new track was recorded at the same time in Nashville and once again produced by Vance Powell.
The guitarist actually began writing ‘Born & Raised’ in his local Santa Barbara, California, before teaming up with a live band in Nashville, organised by Powell, to finish the track. The instrumentals credit Jack Lawrence on bass, Julian Doro drumming, keys by Mike Webb and Luke Schneider on the steel guitar.
“Vance was great and made me feel right at home, and the group of players he put together were on point,” says Shiflett.
With lyrics that reflect on the musician’s upbringing on the coast of California – “I was raised by the devil in the golden sand, with the cigarette butts and the bottle caps” – ‘Born & Raised,’ evident by its title, comes across as a love letter to his roots.
Speaking on the single, Shiflett shares, “My trip out to Nashville in March of 2021 was my first time recording any solo material since I made Hard Lessons,” the artist’s 2019 solo album.
He adds, “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.”
Last weekend, Shiflett made it out to London’s Wembley Stadium alongside the rest of the Foo Fighters for a heartfelt tribute concert dedicated to their late drummer Taylor Hawkins. It was the rock band’s first live performance since Hawkins’ unexpected death in March of this year.
The night invited other rock stars to perform in memory of the drummer, pushing on for six hours total. The crowd witnessed a touching moment during the final set of a fifty-track setlist as Hawkins’ son, Shane, stood in on drums for his dad.
The Foo Fighters guitarist’s latest singles arrive in anticipation of a forthcoming solo album, expected in 2023.
Listen to Chris Shiflett’s latest single ‘Born & Raised’ below, available now on all streaming platforms.