solo album


I recently had the great pleasure of speaking with rock and roll Hall of Famer and legendary Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum, about his new solo record Stratosphere. Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy takes a decidedly different approach to the writing and recording of this album, showcasing his ability to write and perform honest, relevant music across multiple musical genres. Here is how the conversation went.

“I really wanted to play guitar. I came out of nothing. I had no musicians in the family. It was just this passion that came.” A good guitarist is made, not born. It’s essential to acquire the rudiments of chord-playing and knowing the notes and frets. By and large, most wannabes give up after they realize what kind of commitment it takes to be any good at guitar.

Franz Nicolay, probably best known as the former keyboard player of The Hold Steady, has just released his second solo album Luck and Courage. I’ve had a really hard time trying to write this review and describe this album, because I really haven’t listened to anything else like it, so I don’t really have anything to relate it to.