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BUTCH WALKER Reveals New Single “Fathers Day”‏ – Taken from Forthcoming Album ‘Afraid Of Ghosts’

January 9, 2015

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Butch Walker
7th Studio Album Afraid Of Ghosts
Produced by Ryan Adams,
Out February 2nd via Lojinx in Europe

Butch Walker wrote much of his new album “Afraid of Ghosts” as a tribute to his late father, who died in 2013, including the song “Father’s Day.” The singer-songwriter has now unveiled this track online as the next sampler of what will be his 7th studio album release. It’s a subdued, mournful sounding song that blends piano and acoustic guitar with bass and drums as it builds to a searing guitar solo, courtesy of punk-rock veteran Bob Mould.

“He walked in the studio when we were tracking it and heard the lyrics and immediately wanted to sing and play on it,” Walker says. “Turns out his dad had died two years to the week we recorded it. I guess it struck him the same way it would me. He was very close with his old man. We had a moment after recording it.” If the song has a hint of Ryan Adams in the way it feels and sounds, that’s fitting: Adams produced “Afraid of Ghosts” and took a hands-on role with “Father’s Day.” “I played it for Ryan in my hotel room when we were talking about doing my record,” Walker says. “Immediately he started picking it apart and writing alternate verse lyrics here and there. I ended up combining our words to make the final verses and it just felt right. It’s one of my proudest moments and I know my Pop would’ve loved it.”

Butch Walker’s highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts is out February 3 via Lojinx in Europe (on Dangerbird in the US). With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker’s new LP shows both skill and tenderness. It features first album single “Chrissie Hynde”, which wistfully recounts the legendary Pretenders front-woman’s voice coming through the speakers, captivating as always with Walker’s effortlessly unique vocals, “Bed On Fire” which takes things up a notch as haunting strings and electric guitar build to a chill-inducing distorted crescendo and “21+” which builds from acoustic guitar and gentle “ooh’s” to a smoldering guitar solo by actor Johnny Depp.

Listen to the stunning and intricate single ‘Fathers Day’ streaming below-

Afraid of Ghosts Track Listing:

1. Afraid of Ghosts
2. I Love You
3. Chrissie Hynde
4. Still Drunk
5. How Are Things, Love
6. Bed On Fire
7. 21+
8. Autumn Leaves
9. Father’s Day
10. The Dark

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