Lots of bona fide pop and rock stars have decided to take a walk over to the country scene in the past few years--Jon Bon Jovi, Jack White, and Darius Rucker are a few notable examples. However, the latest rocker to join the country ranks certainly comes as a surprise.
Chris Shiflett may not be a name that everyone immediately recognizes, but I'm sure most have heard of the band he plays with--he's the guitarist for the Grammy-award-winning rock outfit Foo Fighters. Shiflett just announced that he's fronting a side project, the Dead Peasants, which will allow him an outlet for his love of vintage country, Americana, and rockabilly music.
"One of my favorite kinds of music is old country--and old rockabilly and modern Americana like Sun Volt, Wilco, and Ryan Adams," the guitarist explained in a recent interview with NME. "I started doing some Americana shows with some friends, and that kind of evolved into recording some demos."
He used the Foo Fighters' recording studio for a month to work on his new endeavor, enlisting the help of like-minded musicians including Mavericks guitarist Eddie Perez. The project's self-titled debut is due out July 13.
"It is so far from anything I've been a part of with Foo Fighters," Shiflett noted. "It was just really fun to do."
Interestingly enough, Shiflett's background is not only in rock--he's well-known on the punk scene as a former member of the band No Use For A Name. Additionally, he plays in Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, a cover band that specializes in putting a punk spin on classic tunes from other genres.
In fact, in 2006, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes put out Love Their Country, an entire album of country covers--including such gems as "On The Road Again," "Jolene," "Goodbye Earl," and "Sunday Morning Comin' Down."
Hey, can you spot Shiflett on the album cover? Check it out!
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