Photo by Stacie Huckeba
Sadler Vaden has had stints in various bands, from frontman in the power trio Leslie to touring with Drivin N Cryin, and most recently as the guitarist in Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit. But all the while, Vaden sought a more singular spotlight, and following the encouragement of both Kevn Kinney (Drivin N Cryin) and Isbell, he continued to write songs of his own until he had filled several notebooks. Now, his upcoming self-titled full-length record, which arrives August 12th, brings those songs to fruition.
Sadler Vaden follows 2012’s Radio Road, which Vaden self-produced in addition to playing all instruments himself. This time around, he welcomed Grammy award-winning producer Paul Ebersold, guitarist Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Cry of Love), and Derry Deborja (400 Unit) into his circle, a move that helped round out the album and thicken its texture — best heard on the latest single “Get You High”, which positions Vaden’s silky smooth vocals over layers of drumming and electric guitar.
The basics of the song were recorded live in a few hours without a metronome, and the track was one of the few that Freed assisted on, which “was a real treat,” Vaden tells Consequence of Sound. Vaden knew he wanted to have a rewarding riff to cap off the track, “something reminiscent of Wings and Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything album. Two guitar tracks, panned stereo, played by two humans at the same time,” he says. “That rewarding riff became the climbing duel guitar lick on the last chorus.”
As for the lyrical content, Vaden says he wrote the song as a “musical love letter of sorts.” He cites power pop-rock bands like Big Star and Cheap Trick as major influences, and says they were the inspiration behind the song. “Writing this song was my way of tipping the hat,” he says. “I also just wanted to write a really short punchy pop/rock tune,” which is exactly what he has delivered.
Give it a listen below. The album is available for pre-order here.
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Sadler Vaden Tracklist:
01. You Can’t Have It All
02. Get You High
03. Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore
04. Into the Woods
06. Land of No Refuge
07. Cherry Blossom Wine
08. Broken Home
09. End of the Road