Speaking about how the emotional, country-tinged song came about, Shiflett explained: “I spent a lot of time alone at my studio in LA during the first part of the lockdown just woodshedding tunes.
“The line”It’s been a long, long year‘ was rattling around my head for obvious reasons, but I framed it as a love song.”
The musician said that he then recorded his first solo material since his 2019 album, ‘Hard Lessons’during a trip to Nashville in March 2021.
“I hAcesparks’t done much traveling post-COVID lockdown so I was a little nervous heading out there to work with a producer and roomful of musicians I didn’t really know,” Shiflett went on.
“In true Nashville style we made our introductions and got right down to work, hammering out the basic tracks in a few hours.”
He continued: “Vance was great and made me feel right at home, and the group of players he put together were on point. Next day we did some overdubs and Sierra [Hull] came in and added mandolin and harmony vocals on ‘Long, Long Year’ and the tracks started coming together.”
Details of a potential new solo record have not yet been confirmed.
‘Long, Long Year’ marks the first music from a member of Foo Fighters since the death of the band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, in March. Last month, Dave Grohl made a surprise return to the stage during Paul McCartney’s headline set at Glastonbury 2022.
Foo Fighters will host the two-night ‘Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert’ this September in London (September 3) and Los Angeles (27).
The band’s latest and 10th studio effort, ‘Medicine At Midnight’came out in February 2021.