Out today (September 30) is Hometown Life, the second solo album from Godsmack frontman Sully Erna.
It's the follow-up to 2010's Avalon, and like that album Hometown Life steers him away from Godsmack's trademark heavy rock. But Erna tells us that he wanted to make sure Hometown Life was different not only from Godsmack but also from its predecessor:
"I knew that when I was gonna do another record eventually, I was hoping to keep it new and fresh for people...take them on another left-hand turn because 'Avalon' for sure took people into a whole new path...I think they kind of expected me to do a solo rock record, and I think when they heard 'Avalon' they were just so like, 'Whoa, what is this? He's playing piano -- weird!' But that's what worked for the record....'Oh, it's a real departure from Godsmack.' So I just started thinking, 'How do I flip this into a little bit different kind of feel again without it sounding like 'Avalon' every time?'"
Hometown Life includes one track, "Turn It Up," that features Erna's 71-year-old father Salvatore playing trumpet. Erna begins a solo tour to promote the album on October 26 in Atlanta.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.