Foo Fighters’ Guitarist Chris Shiflett releases quickly-written, long-lasting love song “Overboard”
From upcoming album Lost at Sea; Out Oct. 20th via Blue Élan Records, Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston-produced LP ties Shiflett’s California rock and roll roots with his love for country music
“My favorite songs are the ones that you don’t have to labor over,” quips Foo Fighter guitarist, podcast host, songwriter, and all-around rock-and-roller Chris Shiflett. “Sometimes you have those magic songwriting moments when your pen can barely keep up with the words and it all spills out really quickly. Somehow they always just sing and play better, looser, freer.”
In this case, he’s waxing about his brand-new single, “Overboard,” an overdriven, mid-tempo strummer from his upcoming album Lost at Sea—out October 20th via Blue Élan Records. “It’s a middle-aged love song,” says Shiflett. Nodding to the final verse of “Overboard”—“No little voices down the hall / Distracting us at all, oh no”—he jokes, “All the parents out there will understand.”
The upcoming LP, Lost at Sea, finds Shiflett blurring the lines between his last two albums: West Coast Town’s (2017) honky-tonk homage and Hard Lessons’ (2019) overdriven crunch. Shiflett recorded the majority of the new album in Nashville, working with producer and collaborator Jaren Johnston—frontman of the Cadillac Three, as well as the songwriter behind nearly a dozen Number 1 country hits—and a small cast of Americana all-stars. Among them were fellow guitar slingers Charlie Worsham, Tom Bukovac, and Nathan Keeterle, all three of whom laced the record with fiery fretwork. He also teamed up with a number of co-writers, partnering with Kendell Marvel, Cody Jinks, and others to fill Lost at Sea with storylines that pack as hefty a punch as the music itself.
Fans can hear “Overboard” now by following this link, check out Shiflett’s previously-released singles—“Damage Control,” “Dead And Gone,” and “Black Top White Lines”—at their respective links, and pre-order or pre-save Lost at Sea ahead of it October 20th release right here. Shiflett and his band are set to play at Fitzgerald’s in Chicago on September 14th and Austin, Texas’s Antone’s on October 6th. To keep an eye out for more tour dates, or to purchase tickets, please visit chrisshiflettmusic.com/shows.
Along with the soon-to-be-released album, Shiflett—together with Volume.com, Double Elvis, and Premier Guitar—recently launched a new vodcast focused specifically on guitar solos. On Shred With Shifty, Shiflett engages with the biggest names in the guitar world, delving into their most iconic solos and the art of playing guitar with exclusive video at Volume.com/shifty.
Lost at Sea Tracklist:
Dead And Gone
Black Top White Lines
Weigh You Down
Burn The House Down
Where’d Everybody Go?
I Don’t Trust My Memories Anymore
Carrie Midnight Texas Queen
More About Chris Shiflett:
Punk veteran. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Americana and rock songwriter. Modern-day guitar hero. For more than 25 years, Chris Shiflett has blurred the lines between genre and generation, balancing his full-band projects with a thriving solo career. Named “Americana’s biggest rockstar” by Rolling Stone, Shiflett has played a crucial role in shaping the sound and scope of modern-day rock music as a longtime member of the Foo Fighters. He’s also an alum of California-based punk rock bands No Use For a Name and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Shiflett’s latest releases refocus his attention on a mix of country twang and rock & roll bang, showcasing the full range of his musical abilities.