Graham Colton‘s upcoming album, Lonely Ones, represents a great shift in his songwriting process and overall sound.
Nothing against his previous work which is very valid, but the new music that he’s putting out is vastly more interesting that what we’ve heard before from him. We’re very excited to hear Lonely Ones when it’s released on January 21 of next year.
Colton says the change in sound comes from befriending Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips:
“Wayne loaned me some keyboards and told me to push buttons and songs would appear. And they did! It’s amazing what happened when I put the guitar down.” - Graham Colton
A new song, “Born to Raise Hell”, premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog this week. The song is about mass murderer Richard Speck, whom tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in 1966.
Speck’s story was relayed to Colton by producer Chad Copelin, whose father was picked up by Speck prior to the murders while hitchhiking from Oklahoma to Chicago.
The new album was recorded at Blackwatch Studios in Norman with Copelin and Jarod Evans and assistance from Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips.
Colton plays the Lower Bricktown Plaza in Oklahoma City on Tuesday (September 24) at 7pm. The show also features Bronze Radio Return and admission is FREE.
Colton has also released a couple extra songs on his Soundcloud page. Hear them below.
“Don’t Take My Sunshine Away” (Sparklehorse cover):