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Rob Thomas Talks New Single 'The Great Unknown'

08/20/2015
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(Radio.com) Rob Thomas, solo artist and Matchbox Twenty frontman is back with The Great Unknown. The first single, "Trust You," is, according to Thomas, "About that friend everyone has, who, no matter how stable you are, will call you up, you'll go out, and it'll be four in the morning and you've wound up in some weird Thai bar playing Russian roulette. You don't know how you got there, but all of a sudden, you're Frank from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia down in the basement with a towel wrapped around your head."

Everyone may not actually have a friend quite like that, but we get what he means. The title track, however, is a bit more serious. It's about the well-documented health problems his wife Marisol has experienced lately (and she has occasionally updated fans on her condition via Rob's Facebook page).

"I am amazed at how strong and resilient she is," he says. "I realized that I had written songs about her like, 'Ever The Same' and 'Her Diamonds' and they almost paint her in a victim light, and I didn't like that. It was important to me to write a song that shows how strong she is."

When Thomas played Marisol the song, she suggested it be the album's title. 'She said, 'Because any endeavor you go into is the great unknown. Your motive, your intention, and your purpose are the only things you can control. Whatever is going to happen when it's done, you have no hand in.' It's funny, success is really only 50 percent up to you." Read more here.

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