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Dave Grohl reveals title for HBO show, Sonic Highways, shares trailer

on May 31, 2014, 8:51pm

As previously reported, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is helming a new TV series for HBO based on his Sound City documentary. Now, the forthcoming series officially has a name: Sonic Highways. In an accompanying teaser trailer, Grohl’s voiceover expounds upon the title’s meaning and the series’ basic scope: whilst recording the new Foo album at studios across the country, the totally awesome one noticed you could “tie all these people and places together with these sonic highways. This is a musical map of America.”

Among the featured studios, according to Classic Rock Magazine: Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago; Rancho de Luna in California; and Washington, D.C.’s Inner Ear Studios. Each episode features interviews with artists who recorded at the respective studios, including Minor Threat and Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Joe Walsh from The Eagles, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Grohl explained that Sonic Highways explores the musical identity of each studio and its corresponding city. “It’s basically the history of American music broken down to the cultural roots of each place: Why did Chicago become a blues capital? Why did country go to Nashville? Why did the first psychedelic band, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, come from Austin? How did the second line rhythm make its way to New Orleans? It’s crazy.”

Grohl serves not only as the series’ director, but he also handled all the booking and interviewing.

Watch the teaser below:

(Read: Foo Fighters’ Top 10 Songs)

Foo Fighters’ as-yet-untitled new album is due out later this fall. While there’s been no music previewed, it definitely won’t be some “crazy, bleak Radiohead record”.

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