Butch Walker’s newly released eighth album, “Stay Gold,” quickly follows up 2015's folksy, introspective “Afraid Of Ghosts,” which was influenced by the passing of his father. For this album though, the Cartersville, GA native, who splits his time between his longtime home in Los Angeles and Nashville – is ready to rock. Besides making his own music, Walker's written songs for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Pink, and produced for Brian Fallon, Fall Out Boy, and Frank Turner. As Walker tells us during band rehearsals in Nashville, “I love my job.”
What was the main inspiration behind “Stay Gold”?
I was coming out of this more emotional time with the previous record: my dad had passed and a close friend, too. That was a sad record — beautiful, I love it. It was like therapy for me. I had been worried I wouldn’t ever write again after that record. I had spilled my guts. It was a dark record and I worried I had nothing left.
Thankfully that wasn’t the case.
Yes, this record is about celebrating, sometimes celebrating vicariously through characters. A lot of it is about the small bible-thumping conservative town I grew up in. But it’s more about falling in love and getting out and wanting more than the small town, small mindedness where everything is black and white. There’s this thing where people never see eye-to-eye and it’s all to do with a f—d up ego.
Speaking of which, the video for “Ludlow Expectations” is a GIF featuring Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump flirting.
That’s my secret fantasy. They're a secret power couple and just playing everybody. Don’t get me started on politics. But I enjoyed taking the piss with that.