The proposed Urban Cowboy TV present that Rob Baird auditioned for a few years in the past didn’t pan out. But it did assist give him a number of songs for his upcoming fourth album — together with the monitor "I Tried," premiering completely beneath.
Rather than an element, what Baird acquired out of the method was a "pretty intense" long-distance relationship that informs an excessive amount of the After All album, which is due out Jan. 11. "I didn't make the minimize, however I began relationship a lady and type of realized long-distance relationship is gonna be powerful, principally, within the two industries we're in," the Austin-based Baird tells Billboard. "We each agreed it was an fascinating relationship — particularly me as somebody who's within the enterprise of telling tales. We lived on the San Jose Hotel (in Austin, Texas) for 35 days — type of a shotgun relationship, if you’ll, like 'Oh, man, I've by no means carried out something like this earlier than…'"
After All isn't totally about that relationship, although Baird notes that, "As a complete, it's taking you from music one to music 10 via all of the motions of a breakup." "I Tried," nonetheless, was explicitly impressed by his temporary encounter with the actress. "It's a couple of street journey we took to Marfa, Texas," Baird says. "At the core it's about placing your self on the market and doing all of your finest however kinda figuring out it's not going to work out.
"We tried to make it work with a few journeys, and I made the trek out to Lala Land a number of instances. I finally realized it was over, and we broke up over the cellphone — principally I advised her I liked her and he or she hung up."
The After All album, following 2016's Wrong Side of the River, was recorded direct to tape in Nashville with producer Rick Brantley. "It's the primary time I made a file the place I acquired everybody that I knew that I liked in a room collectively to make music," Baird says. "We took our time and acquired the best folks and did one thing I've by no means been in a position to do earlier than. Kinky Friedman as soon as stated that an artist ought to at the very least as soon as get an opportunity to make a file utterly the way in which they wish to do it, and that's what we did right here. This file actually modified my life."
Baird has a handful of reveals booked for the remainder of the yr and is "ramping up" for a extra in depth tour to advertise the album's launch throughout early 2019. "I believe the plans are beginning to come collectively, and I'm excited," he says. "I undoubtedly really feel safe in the place I'm at as an artist and shifting ahead. It's not just a few man in Texas making an attempt to be a songwriter. I’ve plenty of confidence on this file. It's one other step forward."