Pete Yorn telling stories on new album
By Katie Hasty
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn will
complete a self-described musical “trilogy” with his third
full-length album later this summer.
Due August 15 via Columbia Records, “Nightcrawler” is the
follow-up to his 2003 sophomore album, “Day I Forgot.” His
debut, “Musicforthemorningafter,” was released in 2001.
“This way I’ve covered morning, day and night. It’s like an
end of an era,” Yorn told Billboard.com. “It’s a storytelling
record with a lot of characters, people that are around me. The
names have been changed to protect the innocent, of course.”
The 31-year-old New Jersey native recruited several
producers for the album, including industry veteran Michael
Beinhorn, Butch Walker and Don Fleming.
Foo Fighters principal Dave Grohl contributes drums on “For
Us,” while the Dixie Chicks aided on “The Man” and “It Don’t
Mean Nothin’.” Yorn can also be heard guesting on the Chicks’
new album, “Taking the Long Way.”
And while it has been three years since his last album and
his last national tour, Yorn says it’s important to take his
time with each release.
“Every time I put something out, I need time to re-group,”
he says. “Every song I write has its own life and term of
development. I’m not the type of writer to set aside certain
hours each day to write. It just takes time to come.”
Yorn will be previewing new material on the road beginning
June 22 at Soho in Santa Barbara, Calif. The acoustic tour,
dubbed “You and Me,” will be a primarily solo affair, though
Yorn intimates there may be some special guests “waiting in the
wings” if he chooses to have them “help out” on some songs.
“Before I got signed, I used to play only by myself living
in L.A.,” he says. “This is a way to get back to my roots. I
want to be a surprise, but the real fans will recognize who
Yorn will be selling a six-song EP, “Western,” exclusively
at the shows, though he may release it more widely at some
point in the future.
“I’ve been in this lonesome cowboy phase for a while,” he
reports. “I’ve been really inspired by guys like Roy Orbison
and Johnny Cash. has a twang to it and is a real departure for
me ‘Nightcrawler’ is most definitely the rock record.”