Rob Baird Shares 'I Tried,' Inspired By a 'Shotgun Relationship': Premiere

Rob Baird Shares 'I Tried,' Inspired By a 'Shotgun Relationship': Premiere

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The proposed Urban Cowboy TV present that Rob Baird auditioned for a few years in the past didn’t pan out. But it did assist give him a number of songs for his upcoming fourth album — together with the monitor "I Tried," premiering solely beneath.

Rather than a component, what Baird acquired out of the method was a "pretty intense" long-distance relationship that informs quite a lot of the After All album, which is due out Jan. 11. "I didn't make the reduce, however I began relationship a lady and sort of realized long-distance relationship is gonna be robust, principally, within the two industries we're in," the Austin-based Baird tells Streets Talkin. "We each agreed it was an attention-grabbing relationship — particularly me as somebody who's within the enterprise of telling tales. We lived on the San Jose Hotel (in Austin, Texas) for 35 days — sort of a shotgun relationship, if you’ll, like 'Oh, man, I've by no means accomplished something like this earlier than…'"

After All isn't completely about that relationship, although Baird notes that, "As a complete, it's taking you from tune one to tune 10 by way of all of the motions of a breakup." "I Tried," nonetheless, was explicitly impressed by his temporary encounter with the actress. "It's a couple of street journey we took to Marfa, Texas," Baird says. "At the core it's about placing your self on the market and doing all of your greatest however kinda realizing it's not going to work out.

"We tried to make it work with a few journeys, and I made the trek out to Lala Land a number of occasions. I ultimately realized it was over, and we broke up over the cellphone — principally I advised her I cherished her and he or she hung up."

The After All album, following 2016's Wrong Side of the River, was recorded direct to tape in Nashville with producer Rick Brantley. "It's the primary time I made a document the place I acquired everybody that I knew that I cherished in a room collectively to make music," Baird says. "We took our time and acquired the suitable folks and did one thing I've by no means been capable of do earlier than. Kinky Friedman as soon as mentioned that an artist ought to at the least as soon as get an opportunity to make a document fully the best way they need to do it, and that's what we did right here. This document actually modified my life."

Baird has a handful of exhibits booked for the remainder of the yr and is "ramping up" for a extra intensive tour to advertise the album's launch throughout early 2019. "I feel the plans are beginning to come collectively, and I'm excited," he says. "I undoubtedly really feel safe in the place I'm at as an artist and transferring ahead. It's not just a few man in Texas attempting to be a songwriter. I’ve lots of confidence on this document. It's one other step forward."