SULLY ERNA, founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack, will release a new solo album Hometown Life on September 29th, via BMG. In conjunction, SULLY will embark on an extensive UK/EUROPEAN tour this autumn.
Composed by SULLY on piano and acoustic guitar and produced in his New Hampshire studio, Hometown Life offers a departure from the tribal, world music feel and experimentation on 2010’s Avalon.
“When I do a solo album, I write for myself,” says SULLY. “It’s not for critics, radio or even fans. I like to explore different kinds of music that work together. A good song is a good song. I stopped categorizing a long time ago.”
A personal, confessional, raw work which takes yet another stylistic left-hand turn from the music he has created as front man for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack, Hometown Life offers a wide-ranging glimpse of ERNA’s eclectic musical tastes. From the singer-songwriter Billy Joel/Bruce Springsteen narratives of the title track and the bossa nova touch of “Take All of Me,” to the breezy island feel of “Your Own Drum,” the finger-snapping Motown bass lines of the bluesy “Turn It Up,” the country flavors of “Different Kind of Tears” and the wide-screen canvas of mini-symphonies “Blue Skies” and “Forever My Infinity.”
In July, SULLY unveiled the raw and powerful video for “Different Kind Of Tears,” which was dedicated to teenage angst from the heartbreaking perspective of a parent, features actual footage from parents who have lost their children to opioid addiction via overdose. Watch it here.
Each and every track on this album is tied together with SULLY’s unflinching view of the emotional roller-coaster of his life, drawing us into an intimate space. Hometown Life explores SULLY’s diverse musical touchstones from James Bay, new country favorites like Chris Stapleton and Brantley Gilbert to soul legends Ray Charles, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.
SULLY’s extensive tour will kick off on September 14th in Brussels and will take the band on the road throughout Europe, performing in 12 thrilling cities, such as: Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and London.
1 “Hometown Life”
2 “Your Own Drum”
3 “Different Kind Of Tears”
4 “Take All Of Me”
5 “Don’t Comfort Me”
6 “Turn It Up!”
7 “Blue Skies”
8 “Forever My Infinity”
9 “Father Of Time”
10 “Falling To Black”
UK/European Tour Dates
Thu Sep 14 Brussel, La Madeleine – Belgium
Fri Sep 15 Amsterdam, Melkweg – The Netherlands
Sat Sep 16 Hamburg, Gruenspan – Germany
Sun Sep 18 Stockholm, Debaser Strand – Sweden
Mon Sep 19 Oslo, Vulkan – Norway
Thu Sep 21 Berlin, SO36 – Germany
Sat Sep 23 Wroclaw, A2 – Poland
Sun Sep 24 Lodz, Wytwornia – Poland
Tue Sep 26 Sofia, Arena Armeec – Bulgaria
Thu Sep 28 Moscow, Izvestiya Hall – Russia
Fri Sep 29 St Petersburg, Cosmonavt – Russia
Sun Oct 01 London, Islington Assembly Hall – UK