Time, Tequila & Therapy

Time, Tequila & Therapy

Named for an alliterative trio of things that, at varying degrees, can offer healing, the Nashville-based quintet’s fourth studio album is, at moments, their most introspective outing, though sonically the LP still hews closely to the loose jam-country sound they’re known for. The latter is evident on lead single “I Was on a Boat That Day,” a breezy, beachy kiss-off to a lover who walks away. And on standout “No Hard Feelings,” the group taps into their more vulnerable side, presenting a nuanced look at finding platonic harmony after a difficult breakup. The band wrote and recorded the LP in Asheville, North Carolina, where they spent a stretch of time during the pandemic working at the city’s famed Echo Mountain Recording. “We thought it would be a cool thing to try to get outside of Nashville and make a record somewhere else,” lead vocalist Matthew Ramsey tells Apple Music. “We have all kinds of obligations and responsibilities here, and no matter how much you try to separate yourself from that, when you're in Nashville, that's always going to be there.” Below, the band talks through a few of the album’s key tracks. “No Hard Feelings” Geoff Sprung (bassist): “I think it's kind of the ideal. We don't always get there, but that is kind of, hopefully, the goal any time any kind of relationship ends.” “All I Know About Girls” Matthew Ramsey: “That was the last one we wrote, actually, in the whole trip. And at that point we're kind of [running] on fumes, wondering if we're going to have anything, or energy even to do it. And then, of course, Brad [Tursi] walks in with this guitar lick and we're all like, ‘Man, that's super cool.’ I remember we were just sort of kind of joking around on that ‘yeah, baby, now, baby, whatever you want, baby’ part of it. And then you land on the hook: ‘I don't know nothing at all.’ And then it's like, ‘Wow, what a true statement.’” “Lonely Side of Town” (feat. Gladys Knight) Ramsey: “We were standing in the hallway at the studio, because we were in Asheville making this album, and we found out that [Knight] lives there. And we came up with the idea of her singing on it before we realized that she lived right down the street. So we're talking to the studio manager, who knew her, and we were like, ‘Make sure to tell her that we actually are legitimate, we have hits on the radio, and that we've won some awards.’ So they called and she was like, ‘Of course. I don't even need to hear the song. I know these guys. I know their music.’ And we were like, ‘Oh, oh, oh, okay.’”

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