ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ian McFeron is always in motion. That is why the singer-songwriter has released eight albums in under a decade. His latest album is “Radio,” which will be released later this year.
“We’ve been playing a lot of the songs on tour already,” he says during a recent phone interview. “It’s also been on our merch table for a while. It’s about time the album comes out.”
“Radio,” was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Doug Lancio. He and McFeron worked out of Studio G! in Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to guitarist Lancio, performers on the album include pedal steel player Russ Pahl, drummer Marco Giovino, bassist Chris Donohue, pianist John Dedrick and harmony vocalist Alisa Milner.
“It was great to work with so many musicians on this album,” McFeron says. “This body of work has felt different since the beginning.”
McFeron says Lancio was the primary decision maker throughout the project, including choosing the track list from his demos and advising an acoustic sound over an electric. The latter was particularly interesting considering Lancio’s primary instrument is the electric guitar, he says.
“As a general rule, we chose to value immediacy and character over ‘perfection,’ feeling that snapshots of true moments communicate the narratives best, and that authenticity is what stands up best over time,” says McFeron. “The album was recorded live and it sounds just the way the shows would sound.”
The songs for “Radio” drew inspiration from McFeron’s travels and from his favorite singer-songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s.
He says the musicians and Lancio brought a more modern approach to the songs, creating a sound similar to the works of Buddy Miller or T Bone Burnett.
“It’s was nice to have this opportunity to create,” he says. “I guess that’s why I’ve released so much music so far. I enjoy the entire process.”