Butch Walker releases dreamy new single, ‘Gridlock,’ from upcoming rock opera

Butch Walker has again bridged the poignant and the pointed with his achingly melodic new single, “Gridlock.”

The Cartersville native, who for decades has produced top pop and rock names including Taylor Swift, Pink, Green Day and Weezer, will release a conceptual rock opera, "American Love Story," on May 8. "Gridlock" is the second single from the upcoming release, following the recent "Pretty Crazy."

"American Love Story" is Walker's first album since 2016's rollicking "Stay Gold" and is inspired by "modern American times" in the vein of Randy Newman's 1974 classic, "Good Old Boys." (Pre-order available here.)

Walker said the idea for the album was born after the 2016 presidential election and that his Georgia roots informed lyrics about the social and racial divide in America.

The ace musician and songwriter has always proudly displayed his affinity for classic pop melodies and looked to the sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s – “from Toto to the Doobie Brothers and AM Gold to Yacht Rock to super-progressive New Wave” - for musical influence.

Walker is currently in the studio working with The Wallflowers, Billy Idol and Jewel.

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