This week’s Thursday track exclusive takes us into alt-country, blues-rock territory, with the world premiere of Chief Ghoul’s ‘Wild West’
hursdays mean one thing here at Songwriting – your chance to hear brand new material from up-and-coming artists before anyone else. This week, you get a first listen to Wild West. The work of bearded troubadour Chief Ghoul, it was recorded in his native Chicago during a marathon three-day session in which he laid down all 13 tracks for his forthcoming album III (his third, funnily enough), from which Wild West is taken.
He says of the song: “Of all the times in humanity’s past, I think I would have liked to be a part of those pioneering, more rugged times, in those pristine and developing parts of this great country. Even though survival in those days was a conscious effort, the settlers seem to have embraced those simpler times and I think that’s what appeals to me about them. I wrote this song in a sort of vague dream about living back then. Who’s to say I didn’t spend some time there in the Wild West anyway?”
We think Wild West will appeal to fans of artists like Nick Cave, Jack White, John Fairhurst or Black Keys. But take a listen and see what you think…