Still Feel Gone

Album: Whiskey (2016)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Joey Landreth wrote this song with Canadian singer-songwriter, Donovan Woods. It's about constantly being on tour with his band, The Bros. Landreth. "We had just decided to take a little break," Landreth said in a Songfacts interview. "It's hard on the body being on the road all of the time both literally and figuratively so it was present in my mind. Just being away from home was tough and coming home after being gone is tough so it just explores those ideas. It's pretty literal but it's a story that every travelling musician knows and understands. Or any traveling person really for that matter. Anybody who travels for a living. I think it's the same thing whether you're selling vacuum cleaners or trying to convince people to listen to your show."
  • This song features a two-minute guitar solo that Landreth finds to be "a bit of an indulgence." We asked Landreth what he thinks is the right duration for a solo. "Eight bars is usually a pretty good guitar solo length," he said. "'Still Feel Gone' is one of those songs that it's almost built for the guitar solo. There just happens to be a story that happens before the guitar solo."

    Landreth went on to explain his reasoning behind the artistic decision: "I deliberately wanted to play more guitar on this record, so when we got into the studio, we felt like that was an appropriate song to just stretch out. But funny enough, it was the first single we released off of the record and it's really hard to add a six-minute song to the radio. Oops!"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneSongwriter Interviews

The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.

Krishna Das

Krishna DasSongwriter Interviews

The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.

History Of Rock

History Of RockSong Writing

An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright IIISongwriter Interviews

"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit - his latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin GayeFact or Fiction

Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?

JJ Burnel of The Stranglers

JJ Burnel of The StranglersSongwriter Interviews

JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.