I’ve wanted to release a collection of covers for quite a while now and after pouring everything I had into my last album, it felt like the right time. I called up Mike Lynch, Michael Shimmin and Drew Howard and we gathered at one-of-a-kind all-analog studio the The Goon Lagoon and rolled tape. No computer screens, no auto-tune, no bullshit. Just one or two takes of each tune in a beautiful room.
The music that moves me is imperfect, honest and raw. Those qualities are what turned me on to Delta blues, to punk rock, to old soul and traditional music from all over the globe. It’s all about feel. It’s ragged but right.
It was an important moment for me to take a step back and remember why I love music so much. That feeling when a song hits you in the gut, gives you goosebumps, makes you think, makes you cry. On Secondhand, songs from friends Jen Sygit and David Fetzer sit alongside tunes from some of my other favorites like Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and St. Vincent. These are songs that I love.
This project served as a reminder to me that what I value - and not only in music - is not perfection, but heart, hard work and community. From my heart to yours, I hope that these songs will speak to you in a familiar way.