Listen to Butch Walker's New Single, "East Coast Girl"

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Though his last album Afraid of Ghosts was a lament, singer Butch Walker’s next one is a celebration. Stay Gold comes out Aug. 26., and its lead single “East Coast Girl” is out now, along with a lyric video.

“After coming out of the AOG album cycle and tour where, at the risk of sounding ridiculous, I spent a lot of time on stage bawling my eyes out, I felt a very calm sense of peace,” the Georgia singer said in a press release. “Like I’d done what I needed to do to get it outta my system. Every song that came after that was almost a nostalgic, celebratory … for lack of a better word—’jam.’ And the songs just kept coming to me, which was good because that’s not always the case!”

Walker credits listening to classic rockers growing up, including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, as a guide to his storytelling for his eighth studio album.

The first single, “East Coast Girl,” is inspired by Walker’s move to Los Angeles. Walker tactfully stitches together spoken verses with raucous lines. Interestingly enough, the spoken portions were recorded on Walker’s iPhone.

The release of Stay Gold also coincides with Walker’s fall tour.

Watch the lyric video for “East Coast Girl” below, and beneath that, check out Paste’s 2009 session with Walker, plus his fall tour dates.

Butch Walker Tour Dates:

August
17 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Social (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
18 – Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
19 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Cannery Ballroom (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
20 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
22 – Charleston, S.C. @ The Pour House (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
23 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Lincoln Theatre (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
24 – Washington, DC @ U-Street Music Hall (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
26 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theater of Living Arts (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
27 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ House of Independence (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
29 – New York, N.Y. @ Irving Plaza (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)

September
1 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
2 – South Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
3 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club (with The Wind and The Wave)
6 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Small’s (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
7 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
9 – Detroit, Mich. @ Saint Andrews Hall (with Suzanne Santo)
10 – Chicago, Ill. @ House of Blues (with Suzanne Santo)
11 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theatre (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
13 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theatre (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)
17 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom (with The Wind and The Wave)
18 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall (with The Wind and The Wave)
19 – San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues (with The Wind and The Wave and Suzanne Santo)

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