WARM-HEARTED ALT.COUNTRY SOLO ALBUM FROM FOO FIGHTERS GUITARIST
■ CHRIS SHIFLETT’S first solo album since 2013’s honky-tonk covers set All Hat And No Cattle may have been birthed in country and western Mecca Nashville, but its roots lie in a Californian adolescence spent chasing girls, sinking beers and gorging on punk and metal vinyl. Informed as much by Social Distortion and The Rolling Stones as outlaw country mavericks Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, it’s an honest, gritty and extremely likeable collection of hot-offthe-floor recordings, spiced up by some enthusiastic swearing from an unassuming musician very obviously having a blast with his buddies.that Chris’ music is better suited to spit-and-sawdust bars than stadiums is entirely deliberate, and the genuine joy transmitted in every pedal-steel guitar lick makes West Coast Town a most agreeable beers-and-bbq soundtrack. DOWNLOAD: Still Better Days. FOR FANS OF: Brian Fallon, Social Distortion.