Los Angeles, CA (June 7, 2005)–Following up on his critically acclaimed album, Edge Of The World, noted songwriter, musician and recording studio owner Billy Bob Thornton is currently putting the finishing touches on his third solo album that is due out early Fall.
This new record, which has the working title HOBO, has been co-written and co-produced by Thornton and songwriter/guitarist Randy Mitchell. Mitchell, who’s worked with Thornton for the past three years, recorded and mixed all the tracks at Thornton’s LA studio, The Cave. Producer/engineer Jim Mitchell is also a co-producer on the album.
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“The idea of this record is to address the need for people to come to California if you are going to make it, as California is sort of the last frontier in the entertainment business,” stated Billy Bob Thornton. “It is a record about joy, sadness, success and failure–the realization of dreams and not realizing your dreams. Every song has something to do with that theme, with a couple of songs that are about something that happened one creepy night in Central California–it’s a loose tribute to California.”
Mitchell, who has engineered and co-produced with Billy Bob Thornton for the past five years, talks about the creative and technical aspects of capturing Billy’s vocals on the album. “The record has a heartfelt story-telling, left of center, incredible mood to it and creating a sonic landscape to match is exactly what Billy expressed he wanted for its sound,” Mitchell said. “Working in The Cave, with both state-of-the-art and vintage recording equipment, I think we’ve nailed the true essence of Billy’s vocals on this record. When he sings the real quiet passages with a low, soft breathy voice, you feel like he’s singing directly into your ear. And with the more rockin’ songs, he’s powerful, up-front and right in your face creating a dialog between the guitars and vocals. Making the stories come alive is another fun part of my job. I’m extremely proud of this record.”