Tom Keifer is putting the finishing touches on his second solo album for a tentative summer release.
The CINDERELLA frontman spoke about the follow-up to his acclaimed debut solo album, 2013's "The Way Life Goes", during an appearance earlier today (February 28) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation".
"We did our last show in November 2018 and went straight into the studio," he said. "We've been locked away as a band for a couple of months cutting tracks. We moved over from the tracking room to our studio at home, and we've been doing overdubs for probably the last six weeks or so, kind of 24/7. And we've actually almost finished the record, so it's been going really smooth. The chemistry and the energy that you see with this band on stage translated amazingly into the studio. So we're very excited."
Asked how the musical direction of the new LP compares to that of "The Way Life Goes", Keifer said: "It's a little more focused. Every record that I've been involved in in the writing was always… I like that journey from beginning to end, that we have heavy, intense stuff and stuff that comes down to very organic, acoustic kind of stuff. So the way I would describe this record is the extreme ends, which is the heavy and the more intimate things, are as extreme as they probably have ever been. The heavy stuff is probably the heaviest stuff I've ever been involved in writing or recording. [And the organic stuff] is as intimate… where you hear every breath of the vocal — it's pretty exposed. And then things in between that are middle ground. But the heavy side is probably heavier than ever."
As for a possible release date for his new disc, Tom said: "We're hoping August. We're almost finished recording, and then we'll get into mixing. Our goal is to deliver it by the end of March to the label, and then they need setup time."
Keifer has spent the last couple of years touring with #keiferband: his wife, Savannah Keifer (vocals, percussion, piano), Tony Higbee (guitars, vocals), Billy Mercer (bass, vocals) and Kendra Chantelle (vocals, percussion) along with Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards, vocals).
"The Way Life Goes - Deluxe Edition", an expanded version of "The Way Life Goes", was made available in October 2017 via Cleopatra Records. The package included the original album remastered by Richard Dodd (KINGS OF LEON, JASON ALDEAN, LADY ANTEBELLUM) plus two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton).
Thanks: Bob Suehs of Rock N Roll Experience