Greg Graffin is not a name that you might readily expect to find at Red Guitar Music but a quick listen to 'Making Time' the first release from his 'Millport' solo album, due March 10th via the Anti- label, and we're sure you'll want to be along for the ride. Greg Graffin is best known as frontman for Bad Religion the Los Angeles punk band but 'Making Time' is LA country-rock of the highest order. More about Greg and a link to the single follows:
Greg Graffin, frontman of the iconic Los Angeles punk band Bad Religion as well as a renowned author, will be releasing a brand new solo album entitled Millport this March 10th via Anti-. Millport delivers a stirring though perhaps unexpected reinterpretation of the classic Laurel Canyon country-rock sound alongside Graffin’s insightful lyricism, all propelled by some esteemed colleagues from the LA punk scene including Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo Jr., with Bad Religion co-founder Brett Gurewitz producing. The resulting record is less a reinvention then a creative liberation - a group of Los Angeles musicians at the peak of their game, playing a brand of music they genuinely love.
You can preview the song “Making Time” a melodic and energetic folk rocker about “living in the moment” that features a soaring chorus and some truly tasteful guitar licks from Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham here:
Album producer and Graffin’s longtime Bad Religion collaborator, Brett Gurewitz, adds, “It’s the two songwriters from Bad Religion and the rhythm section of Social Distortion, two influential LA punk bands, getting together to do an authentic country rock album, a genre most would think is the absolute antithesis of punk rock. But I think it sounds great. Both are iconic Southern California genres. It’s like the Laurel Canyon sound played by the kids who were smashing up the clubs a few years later.”
Greg Graffin will be performing at the forthcoming 2017 SXSW Festival in March. Stay tuned for dates and locations.
Millport Track Listing:
1. Backroads of My Mind - 3:53
2. Too Many Virtues - 3:04
3. Lincoln's Funeral Train - 3:43
4. Millport - 3:19
5. Time of Need - 3:33
6. Making Time - 3:24
7. Shotgun - 2:38
8. Echo on the Hill - 2:30
9. Sawmill - 2:11
10. Waxwings - 3:27