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Song Premiere: Bo Armstrong Looks at Heartache From Both Sides on 'Where Are You, Lonesome'

Eric Ryan Anderson

Dallas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Bo Armstrong explores the universal feeling of loneliness on "Where Are You, Lonesome," the latest release from his forthcoming album Chasing Ballads (out November 24).

Armstrong says the song, which he wrote with Americana duo The Young Fables, is about mourning the loss of a relationship while still celebrating the person who caused you heartache.

"I wrote 'Where Are You, Lonesome?' with my friends Wes and Laurel (of the Americana duo The Young Fables) to explore the idea that loneliness, despite its varied causes, is a universal feeling," Armstrong tells Wide Open Country. "Ultimately, it's a heartbreak song, but I think it's got a bit of an edge to it. It mourns the feeling of being alone while fiercely celebrating the one you're missing (and in our case, it's unclear why that person is gone to begin with). There's some push and pull in the lyrics, but it all comes to a head in the bridge, which is purely instrumental. It's gritty and loud and takes over when there aren't any words left to describe the feeling. Jacob (guitar) and Brian (keys) did a fantastic job of filling that space. I think that bridge is one of the most cathartic moments on the album, and I like that it takes some work (and listening) to get there...because that's kind of the point of the song. There's always another side to that feeling of being alone, and it's yours to find by asking questions, putting in the work, and being patient."

Listen to "Where Are You, Lonesome" below.

Chasing Ballads was produced by Brian Douglas Phillips (David Ramirez, Rob Baird, Thomas Csorba) at Rattle Trap Audio in Austin, Texas.

'Chasing Ballads' Track List:

SIDE A

1) Meet Me in Memphis

Bo Armstrong

2) Built to Last (feat. Laurel Wright)

Bo Armstrong, Aaron Clafton, Joybeth Taylor

3) Where Are You Lonesome? (feat. Taylor Stearns)

Bo Armstrong, Wesley Lunsford, Laurel Wright

4) Wildfire

Bo Armstrong, Brian Douglas Phillips

5) Wearing Out These Wings

Bo Armstrong, Brian Douglas Phillips

SIDE B

6) Here's Looking at You, Kid

Bo Armstrong, Michael Baum, Hunter Newsom, Brian Douglas Phillips

7) Used to You (feat. Sierra Carson)

Bo Armstrong, Joybeth Taylor, Brian Douglas Phillips

8) Mama Sway

Bo Armstrong, Brian Douglas Phillips

9) Dance With Me

Bo Armstrong

10) Chasing Ballads

Bo Armstrong, Aaron Clafton, Joybeth Taylor

11) You Know What I Look Like in the Dark

Bo Armstrong, Brian Douglas Phillips

 

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Song Premiere: Bo Armstrong Looks at Heartache From Both Sides on 'Where Are You, Lonesome'