Monday, January 4, 2021

Un-used Hootie single becomes cornerstone pop-country cut from band’s lead guitarist, Mark Bryan. Hear “A Little More Rock N Roll” now.

Two-time Grammy® winner’s new album “Midlife Priceless” arrives April 2nd. Read Bryan’s “5 Questions” Ditty TV interview, see song’s video here.

Mark Bryan as photographed by Kirk Robert.


About | “A Little More Rock N Roll”
“It was May of 2019,” Mark Bryan remembers. “Hootie was about to embark on our first U.S. tour in over ten years, and we had just made our first full-length album in over ten years. Capitol Nashville decided a single for country radio would give us the best shot at getting played.
“I immediately thought of my ridiculously talented friend, Steven Fiore from the band Young Mister. I’m a huge fan of the tunes that he writes for his band, but he also has this stealth ability to craft a perfect pop-country song. So I told him about the situation with Hootie, and Capitol, and he sent me the demo for ‘A Little More Rock N Roll.’
“I felt an immediate, nostalgic warmth when I heard it. Capitol sent us some other songs, including a gem Chris Stapleton had written, ‘Hold On,’ and there was no denying it was a solid choice, but I couldn’t get Steven’s song out of my head.
“In March of 2020, I started tracking for Midlife Priceless.  I laid a couple of 12-string guitar tracks down for ‘A Little More Rock N Roll,’ and it was already special.
“I had my friends Tim Nielsen (Bass), and Matt Zutell (Drums) come over, and I played lead, electric guitar as we tracked along with the 12-strings. I felt like I should add lap-steel to the track, to try and mix a little twang in with the rock ’n’ roll we were creating.
“We put it through a Leslie speaker cabinet, and it just put this sweet icing on everything. It started to sound like a single!”
Mark Bryan
Midlife Priceless
April 2, 2021
(Stone Point Records)

Track Listing:
01. Gotta Get Outta Town (2:49)
02. A Little More Rock N Roll (3:33) (STREAM | VIDEO | INTERVIEW)
03. Wanna Feel Something (3:16) (STREAM | VIDEO | INTERVIEW)
04. Let Your Soul Light Shine (3:26)
05. Takin’ A Ride (feat. Wyatt Durrette) (2:46)
06. Madelynn Claire (2:51)
07. I Like Your Everything (2:43)
08. Explain That To A Heart (3:23)
09. Like Make Believe (3:14)
10. Growing Wild (3:10)
11. Open Up Lucille (2:25)
12. Wishing (Acoustic) (2:46) (STREAM)


“Out of the ether,” Mark Bryan says of “Wanna Feel Something,” the first single from his upcoming new solo album Midlife Priceless (Stone Point Records, April 2nd, 2021), “I wrote the first line of the song, ‘Tonight we ride again, just like we did back when we were best friends and it would never end.’ I wasn’t doing it intentionally but I liked the way it sang. When I read it back I thought, ‘Holy shit!’ We were getting ready to go back on tour – maybe that’s what I was writing about.”
Read the full interview with Mark Bryan now at American Songwriter and stream the “Wanna Feel Something” single and video at the link below!
Mark Bryan | About
Midlife Priceless is the title of Hootie & The Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan’s fourth solo album.
It’s also how he rolls.
Three years since the release of Bryan’s previous record, a lot has happened: His 20 million-selling, two-time Grammy®-winning band got back together for a sold-out arena tour that meant as much to Bryan as it did to the fans that came out by the tens of thousands.
“Wanna Feel Something” is the new album’s first single for a reason.
Tonight we ride again
Just like we did back when
We were best friends, and it would never end
It’s right there.
Mark Bryan is about feeling something and making you feel something. The energy in the buildings around the country that rocked again with the songs that made Hootie one of the biggest-selling acts in music history, is all here on Midlife Priceless.
When Bryan gets to the guitar solo on “Wanna Feel Something,” it’s a done deal.
The album’s title draws a deep parallel, metaphorically, with a lyric from another of the record’s standout tunes, “Takin’ A Ride,” a duet with Wyatt Durrette, writer of the #1 single “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs and author of many of the Zac Brown Band’s hits.
“Die young as late as you can”
It’s a beautiful statement. It’s a mission statement.
“That line speaks to the point I am in my life and why I’m still making music,” Bryan says.
Even before Hootie got back together to be met with love-filled venues as if it were the 1990’s again, Bryan was living this way. Through good and bad – especially bad – he was connecting with his youth, wonder, curiosity, and joy.
As defined, “priceless” is something so precious that its value cannot be determined.
A record album has to provide value though, right?
One of the reasons that Bryan chose to lead up to the release of Midlife Priceless with a long string of singles is because so many moods and styles are represented. He thought to give ‘em a chance to shine on their own, in a different way than they do as a collection.
This might not be an auspicious plan for some artists, but Bryan’s track record dictates that he knows his way around a single, and this approach is another example of how Bryan is living midlife priceless.
Midlife Priceless, the fourth solo album by Hootie & The Blowfish guitaristMark Bryan arrives on April 2, 2021.
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