In a new interview with Holler, Parker McCollum has revealed he'll begin recording his highly anticipated Never Enough follow-up in March, with the ‘Burn It Down’ singer-songwriter delving into the approach he plans to take on the forthcoming record.
When asked whether he has another Country Radio single lined up from his acclaimed 2023 project, Never Enough, Parker explained, “We're gonna go onto the next record, man. We had ‘Handle On You’ and ‘Burn It Down’ as singles off this record, and I've already written 20 songs that I want to cut for this new album”.
Excitingly, the Texan went on to share that the recording process will begin in March, “I'm gonna go in next month and spend a bunch of time in the studio and cut quite a few of them. If there is another Radio song, it'll be taken from the new stuff I'm gonna cut”.
This news will undoubtedly ensure that the sense of anticipation ahead of the album is soaring. However, Parker McCollum adds the caveat that the timeline for the new album will depend on how these first sessions go, “I'll start it. I'll go in, and if it's what I want it to be and how I want it to sound, and we're finding what I'm looking for, then we'll keep cutting it. But if not, we'll redirect and figure something else out”.
It's a flexible mentality that has helped Parker McCollum establish himself as one of the most versatile artists in modern country, with the ‘Pretty Heart’ chart-topper having explored a sparse, alt-country aesthetic on his earlier projects, such as The Limestone Kid and Probably Wrong, with Parker leaning towards a more polished sound on his latter albums. Regardless of the lane he ventures down, however, it's evident - and he underlines this himself - that it's always authentic to him.
In the conversation with Holler, Parker McCollum shared that the fan-favourite unreleased song, ‘Got Damn’, which he first teased in April 2023, has now been moulded and reshaped into a different track, ‘I Don't Want To Be A Cowboy Tonight’.
But fear not - Parker confirms that another much-loved unreleased offering, the comparatively optimistic, uptempo ‘Hope That I'm Enough’, will “be on the next record, for sure”. He performed a couple of other unreleased tracks, ‘Big Old Fancy House’ and ‘As Far As I Can Tell’, during a recent Instagram live-stream, and fans are already clamouring for both of those to be included on the new album too.
In addition, Parker McCollum tantalisingly emphasised how he's looking forward to cutting his long-promised acoustic project straight after the studio album, with Parker setting out to release stripped-back versions of each song on the new record.
As for when fans can expect either of these to arrive, Parker outlines, “I would love to put out a new album this year”, before qualifying this by stressing, “With a major label, it's just a different fit. If I was still independent, I would cut the album in March and then put it out in April. But it's not going to be that way. So we'll see.”
Even if the release date is still up in the air, it's safe to say ‘Things Are Looking Up’ for listeners as they keenly cast their eyes ahead to the prospect of a new album from Parker McCollum.
With the laid-back crooner currently in the middle of his blockbuster Burn It Down headlining tour and with another No. 1 seemingly on the horizon, it's safe to say Parker will have plenty of momentum behind him as he begins his next musical chapter.
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