Steve Moakler Reveals the Heart Behind His New Album, Blue Jeans

Steve Moakler continues barrelling down the tracks. Following last summer’s Born Ready, he quickly returned to the studio and is now readying the follow-up. Blue Jeans, produced by Luke Laird (Kacey Musgraves) and Nick Lobel (The Head and the Heart) and expected in January 2020, is led with a trio of songs the singer-songwriter has dubbed Pocket 1 ─ featuring the plucky title song and gentle bar weeper “One on the Way.”

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To commemorate the upcoming release, he gives fans a glimpse into the new collection with a making-of clip, premiering today. “The title track ‘Blue Jeans’ is a metaphor about my life and career, particularly the last 13 years I’ve spent in Nashville. To me, it’s a song about resilience, adventure, and hope,” he shares additional insight. “I see [the song] as the overarching storyline, while the rest of the songs on the album are a little more zoomed in on specific emotions and stories.”

Another new song called “Push,” co-written with Blane Mitchell (Florida Georgia Line) and Grant Vogel, initially became a riff on Facebook culture. “I immediately loved how it felt honest, understated, and kinda hooky all at the same time,” he says. “Halfway through the song I realized the inspiration was coming from the conversations that I’d been having with my wife during a really challenging time… I didn’t realize there was a song in there until the title unlocked all the emotion.”

On the album as a whole, he notes: “It’s humbling to realize how many people have poured their hearts into something that I get to put my name on. I’m really proud of how it came together and can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Watch “The Heart Behind Blue Jeans” below.


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