Go-To Country Songwriter Adam Hood Returns With 'Easy Way,' Inspired By His Baby: Premiere


After a nine-year hole — throughout which he co-wrote for Brent Cobb, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Anderson East, Frankie Ballard and others — Adam Hood is able to get his artist profession again on monitor.

Somewhere In Between comes out Oct. 12 and brings the Alabama native and resident again to creating music below his personal identify. "It simply occurred organically," Hood tells Billboard. "I can't say I write a lot (for others) that I don't have time to make my very own file, however I had a few good cuts (Cobb's 'King of Alabama,' East's 'Surrender') and I actually needed to provide the writing some extra consideration. Then kids sort of occurred — we had our third about two months in the past — and the timing simply wasn't proper. It's not the very best enterprise mannequin for an artist profession, however No. 1, it's sort of at all times the best way I've executed it earlier than, for higher or worse, and No. 2, I really feel like you’ll be able to actually inform the distinction when it occurs by itself. The time in between gave me time to develop."

"Easy Way," which premieres under, was impressed by Hood's spouse and baby. "I went in and what I assumed was going to be the refrain truly turned out to be the primary verse. So, I went in, this time with 'I don’t wanna add something to what’s already been an extended exhausting day,' and it simply sort of got here from, you already know, my spouse. We have a 20-year-old, then I’ve a 2-year-old, after which I’ve a brand new child. So, this was when the 2-year-old was simply born, and she or he was sort of going via mom-life. She’s nice at it, I imply, it doesn’t stress her out, but it surely’s good to have a glass of wine each on occasion and have a bit little bit of an evening off."

Producer Oran Thornton began to push Hood to return to his solo profession about three years in the past. "We simply couldn't schedule issues collectively earlier than," Hood says, "however this time we simply had a dialog in passing, over drinks. He mentioned, 'Hey man, can I produce your subsequent file?' As quickly as he introduced it up in dialog I mentioned, 'OK, that is nice.'"

Hood and Thornton recorded Somewhere In Between at Nashville's Sound Emporium with an eye fixed in direction of Hood's stay present. "When I tour I’m by no means actually greater than a four-piece, and actually a three-piece more often than not," he says. "I needed to make a file I can take and reproduce on stage so individuals who have heard it don't really feel one thing's lacking." Several of the songs, in the meantime, have been squirreled away, ready for his or her second — together with the Brent Cobb duet "She Don't Love Me."

"That was a track Brent and Josh Abbott and I wrote for one in every of Josh's albums," Hood recollects. "Neither Brent nor I had been doing in addition to Josh on the time, so we went to Texas and spent every week with Josh and wrote three or 4 tunes. ('She Don't Love Me') was sitting within the catalog and I at all times liked it, so I grabbed it for this (album)."

The songs are persevering with to stream for Hood, who has a publishing take care of producer Dave Cobb's Low Country Sound. He has extra tracks slated for others' albums, however he guarantees we'll be listening to extra from him as an artist as properly. "Both of them work supplementally off the opposite," Hood says. "I couldn't simply be a author or simply be an artist. I would like each of them in my life — for monetary causes but additionally for inventive steadiness. They work collectively rather well, and between the 2 I can really feel actually fulfilled."