Out Now: ‘Hard Lessons,’ the Dynamic New Solo Album from Foo Fighters Guitarist Chris Shiflett (Listen)

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Rock Cellar Magazine

Chris Shiflett is known as the guitarist for the Foo Fighters, which he has been since joining Dave Grohl’s band prior to their 2012 album One By One.

But if that’s all you know him has, you’ve been missing out — because the man had several solo releases and other projects spanning rock, Americana and punk over the years. On Friday, Shiflett released Hard Lessons, his second official solo album under his own name and the follow-up to 2017’s West Coast Town. Pick up a copy of Hard Lessons now at this link.

Musically, Hard Lessons showcases Shiflett’s affinity for hard-nosed, Americana-tinged singer/songwriter territory, kicking off with the dynamic “Liar’s Word”:

Shiflett boasts a knack for killer guitar riffs on Foo Fighters songs, and that’s something he carries with him to this new solo album as well. “This Ol’ World” features a driving lick, as does Shiflett’s refrain of “This whole world’s lost its goddamn mind.” It’s basically a mission statement for the album:

And yeah, this album has some authenticity — Shiflett holed up in a studio in Nashville with accomplished producer Dave Cobb for the recording sessions, which is a big reason the album is as loud and richly-layered as it is.

Hard Lessons was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A and produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton). The album features ten new songs and Shiflett on electric guitar, Cobb on acoustic guitar and an all-star collection of studio musicians including Chris Powell (Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson) on drums and percussion, Brian Allen (Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson) on bass, Michael Webb (Ashley Monroe, Eli Young Band) on keyboards and Paul Franklin (Vince Gill, Dire Straits) on pedal steel and Kristen Rogers (Anderson East, Lori McKenna) on harmony vocals. The album also features a duet with Elizabeth Cook on “The One You Go Home To” and special guest guitarist Laur “Little Joe” Joamets on “This Ol’ World.”

Stream Hard Lessons below, via Spotify:

Shiflett has a few West Coast tour dates coming up in support of the record:

July 10—Costa Mesa, CA—Wayfarer
July 12¬—Pioneertown, CA—Pappy & Harriets
July 13—Bakersfield, CA—Temblor Brewing
July 14—Los Angeles, CA—Moroccan Lounge

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