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Singled Out: Riley Etheridge Jr.'s Like A Fool

09/09/2016
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Riley Etheridge Jr

Riley Etheridge Jr. released his new album "Secrets, Hope & Waiting" today (Sept 9th) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the song "Like A Fool". Here is the story:

While touring in the fall of 2014, I reconnected with a dear friend who had just gone through a difficult divorce. Having known all of the parties involved, I recognized the divergent perspectives each would present on their narrative. I was deeply moved by her resilience and strength in the face of adversity, and wrote eight songs in an attempt to tell her story, and the versions of the story that each character would represent. The abstract that is included in the album art reads:

"Secrets, Hope and Waiting" is the story of an aging southern beauty queen as she struggles to find resolve in the face of loss and disappointment. The eight songs represent the varied perspectives of our heroine and other characters who shaped her journey over three decades."

"Like a Fool" is the opening song on the record, and the most literal version of our heroine's life story, beginning in McComb, MS in 1983, and resolving in 2014 "driving south" from Nashville, TN. We recorded this track in an old 1910 church in New Orleans, LA, which seemed an appropriate setting to capture the dynamic intended.

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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