[Cover photo credit to Daven Martinez]
Dallas, Texas-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Burt Hussell has revealed his plans for the forthcoming album High Desert, due for release June 16, 2023, as well as sharing the title-track from the LP and “Home,” previously only available on his Bandcamp. Hussell has also shared a video of himself performing “Home,” live in his home studio. The album combines Funk, Psych-Rock, and plenty of humor.
The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios and Hussell’s band on the album features bass player Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band), who also Produced the album.
Speaking on “Home,” Hussell says:
This was the first song we recorded when we got into the studio. We were all very stoked and excited to get cookin’. This studio intern, Ayanna Riley, asked me if I was gonna be singing on this song. I wasn’t planning on it and she asked if she could. We set her up a mic, and she absolutely killed it. Took the song to a new level and actually gave the song some meaning. The lyrics in the song implore the listener, “Tell me where you wanna go.” I think that everyone that listens to the song will have their own place that they go, but for me, that place was home.
On the album’s title track, Hussell adds:
Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to go to the desert. Maybe it had something to do with my love of Star Wars. The closest thing to Tatooine. When Tim and I decided to record at Sonic Ranch, it seemed that I would finally get to fulfill that desire. When you listen to the song I hope you feel like I feel when you look up into the night sky in the high desert.
Burt Hussell (born Marek Stanislaw Kafel) and bassist and Producer Tim Lefebvre created the album to be an “exploration into what a bass guitar can really do.” They describe the album as “essentially a by-product of an epic grill n Chill” that they had always planned on throwing.