Afraid of Ghosts

Afraid of Ghosts

by Butch Walker


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Butch Walker has been toiling away somewhere just outside the spotlight of rock & roll for the better part of two decades, eventually carving out a curious niche for himself. Opportunities came and went beginning with SouthGang, a metal band in the time of grunge, then running through the Marvelous 3, whose 1999 hit "Freak of the Week" showed Walker had a commercial ear. He traded upon that skill, working behind the scenes as a collaborative songwriter as he cranked out his own records, establishing enough connections to actually get him placed on the 2008 reality show competition Rock Star: Supernova, all of which didn't do much in terms of getting him another hit of his own. Walker somewhat retreated from the radio game in 2010 when he formed the Americana-ish band the Black Widows, but 2014's Afraid of Ghosts takes this direction even further. Leaving behind the Black Widows but gaining a conspirator in Ryan Adams, Walker essentially designs Afraid of Ghosts as an homage to its producer. Adams set up shop in his PAX AM studios and directed Walker through a sleepy, sepia-toned collection of tastefully rustic ruminations. It sounds more like an old-fashioned Adams record, one that alternately recalls Heartbreaker and Love Is Hell, than 2014's unapologetically glossy Ryan Adams and, pro that he is, Walker's craft is sturdy too; there are strong bones underneath the moody surface, songs that emphasize his skill at construction more than melody. As it somewhat deemphasizes Walker's way with big hooks -- the very thing that made him an in-demand session man -- Afraid of Ghosts isn't as immediate as some of his other records, but it will suit the needs of anybody craving a record that sounds like Ryan Adams used to make them back in the day.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2015
Label: Dangerbird
UPC: 0842803011025
catalogNumber: 30110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Butch Walker   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Bob Mould   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Johnny Depp   Guitar,Soloist
Mike Viola   Bass,Piano,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Ryan Adams   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Soloist
Daniel Clarke   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Pump Organ
Charlie Stavish   Bass
Section Quartet   Strings
Frederik Bokkenheuser   Drums
Section Strings   Strings
Stephen Pott   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Accordion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Butch Walker   Composer
Ryan Adams   Composer,Producer
Charlie Stavish   Engineer

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