I have another lyric video for you. This is for "Sad Song." I like to think of it not so much as a sad song itself, but rather a tribute to sad songs.
This lyric video is a rather simple one that I know looks like I should probably hold it for St. Patrick's Day, but I'm posting it now. (I would also like to add that I'm actually very happy at my job.)
Here's the lyric video for "One Step From the Asylum." It's a sweet story about boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy marries girl, boy finds out girl is a homicidal maniac. I won't get into specifics, but part of this song is actually TRUE!
From the moment I wrote this song, I always envisioned it as a barroom-type singalong. Big thanks to Roddy Ory for rounding up and directing our "barroom" singers and bringing that vision to life. And of course thanks to those singers, too: Roddy, Mike O'Brien, Kaylee O'Brien, Brittany Folk, Denise Ory, Bar Dude, Pixie and Tanion!
Here's a new lyric video for the song "Such a Wreck." It's one of two songs on the album that was actually written before my previous album came out. So, yeah, I've been playing this one live for a while.
Since most people don't buy physical CDs these days (hey, I admittedly am one of them!), I thought I'd share the art we created here.
Inside Right (Tray)
It's release day!
"The Shoestring Sessions" is available NOW on all your major download services -- iTunes, Amazon, Google, YouTube Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc., etc., etc. If you want the physical CD, you can buy it right here at ryanchatelain.com (where you can also buy the download version as well).
I just want to say thanks again to everyone who helped me make the album, including my band -- Brandon Pembo, Roddy Ory, Jose Mora. Those guys are great friends and extraordinary musicians, and I was so fortunate to have them along for this ride.
I also want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me, whether you came to a show, bought an album, told a friend about my music, etc. Sincerely, you are the best!
I also have a new song lyric video for you today. This one is for "Cold-Hearted Woman." I was hesitant to make this the second video release because it is very much a rock song, and "Life on Mars,' the first video, was pretty rock, too. I don't want to give the impression that this is an all-out rock album. It's not. It is very much a mix of rock, country and pop. But "Cold-Hearted Woman" is also a song that I've played at pretty much every show of mine for the last decade. It's a key player in my lineup, if you will, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out on the album. So here it is!
I plan on posting lyric videos for all the songs on the album, rolling one out every 2-3 weeks or so. The album won't be out for another three weeks, but the first video is out now. It's for a song called "Life on Mars," which is the first track that appears on "The Shoestring Sessions" and ironically the last song I wrote and recorded for it.
"The Shoestring Sessions" is available now for presale at iTunes. You can download "Life of Mars" immediately upon purchase. The full album will be released on Dec. 11.
I wrote this song really deep into the recording process. As a songwriting exercise, to help force my brain to think in a different direction, I tried using a random-word generator on the internet to see if it could spark any ideas. I didn't dare commit to using the first word that popped up because that would be crazy. What if it gave me "muffins"? I can't write a cool song about muffins! Anyway, I just ran it a number of times until I found a word that I thought I could work with. Eventually, "Mars" popped up. Ooooh! Now we're talking!
There are actually all these people who have already volunteered to settle Mars. They'd have to leave their lives on Earth behind to do so. And I got to thinking about the type of person who might offer to do something so adventurous yet bonkers. And I thought at least some of these people have to be looking for ways to run away from their problems.
So "Life on Mars" is about a guy who wants to escape a woman in an emotionally abusive relationship yet cannot bring himself to do it. The only way to make it stick is to put about 53 million miles between them.
And I don't care what you say, the footage in the video is totally what Mars looks like! :)
I have some exciting news!
On December 11, I will be releasing a new album. It’s called “The Shoestring Sessions.”
I’ve been working on this album most of this year — and in many ways, I’ve been working on it for the past 16 years, which is when I released my first album, “Public School, Fast Food and Blue Jeans.”
Needless to say, this is way overdue.
“The Shoestring Sessions” is true to my style. It's rock, it's pop, it's country. It's catchy. It's fun yet sad. It's loud at times, and it's coffeehouse quiet at others.
I had the pleasure of working with Brandon Pembo (bass), Roddy Ory (drums) and José Mora (guitar) again on this album, and I’m really proud of what we’ve created. I hope you’ll check it out.
I will have more info soon on where “The Shoestring Sessions” will be available. I will also be sharing one of the songs with you before the release date, so check Facebook, Twitter and right here at the newly redesigned ryanchatelain.com.
Also, I will be playing a virtual album release party on Thursday, December 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central on my Facebook page — every song on the album performed acoustically. (Trust me, reminders are forthcoming!)
I hope all has been well in your lives despite this difficult year. Thank you for all your support. I’ll be in touch with more details soon.
Porchfests are apparently my new thing. I actually think they're a really cool idea. People offer up their front porches as stages and welcome musical acts throughout the day. Cranford, N.J. does a great Porchfest, and I'm excited to be a part of it this year. I'll be playing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 27 Williams St.
Keep an eye on https://cranfordporchfest.wixsite.com/porchfest for the full schedule.
Also, be sure to bring your masks! They'll be enforcing that masks be worn and people are socially distanced.
A quick update: The Roselle Park Porchfest is being pushed back to Sunday due to rain in the forecast. Everything else about the schedule is still the same. I'll be playing at 4:30 p.m. in front of the library.