Singled Out: Tommy Shaw

Today rock legend Tommy Shaw tells us about "The Next Right Thing," the lead track from his brand new solo bluegrass album, "The Great Divide," which hit stores this week. Here is the story:

"The Next Right Thing" was actually a part of a phrase, our mantra, when we started creating this album. Brad (Brad Davis, one of the producers of the album) and I were looking at how we might frame the entire project. What kinds of parameters should we follow?

Because it was my first time creating a body of bluegrass songs, I wanted to be respectful to the form, not be the Rock Guy coming in like a bull in a China shop and saying "Let me show y'all how this is done…" So early on I said, "If we just keep doing the next right thing, we can't go wrong."

We said it every day. It wasn't long before I realized, "This is the title to a song." Not long after that, as luck would have it, I picked up a guitar and out came the verse, then the chorus. Serendipity.

Oh, and that voice you hear singing with me on the chorus? That's Dwight Yoakam.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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