Chris Shiflett had just wrapped up another batch of worldwide Foo Fighter tour dates, when his plane touched down in Nashville. He’d been on the road for months. Offstage, he’d been writing new music of his own —music thatlooked not only to his rock & roll roots for inspiration, but also to the old-school country music of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. The time had come to record another solo record, which is how Shiflett found himself back in Nashville, tracking his new songs with producer Dave Cobb in the same historic studio —RCA Studio A —where he’d created 2017’s West Coast Town.Hard Lessons,Shiflett’s newest album, is a raw blast of Telecaster twang and guitar-driven bang, driven home by autobiographical songwriting and muscular guitar work. Like West Coast Town, it plants its boots on both sides of the country/rock divide, mixing songs about honky-tonk heartache and small-town roots with the urgent sound of overdriven guitars, the epic screech of Marshall tube amplifiers, and raw chemistry of a live-in-the-studio band.
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey hasn’t fared too well in the latest national rankings of state highway systems.
A report released Thursday by the Reason Foundation ranks New Jersey dead last in cost-effectiveness and conditions. The nonpartisan public policy think tank found New Jersey has the highest per-mile costs and has the highest total spending per mile of any state. On a more positive note, New Jersey’s overall road fatality rate was fourth in the nation. The foundation ranked New York 45th overall and Pennsylvania 35th. North Dakota ranked first. The report used statistics compiled by the Federal Highway Administration from data reported in 2016 and 2017 by each state.
NEW YORK (AP) — Traffic has reopened on the George Washington Bridge after authorities investigated a suspicious package scare. (more…)
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Two women who allegedly stole a baby stroller and left a child behind have been arrested in New Jersey. (more…)
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