Friday, August 7, 2020
– Jerrod Niemann is serving up a double dose of new music from his Lost & Found project with "Tequila Kisses" and "Ghost Rider" out today.
As his first release in nearly two years and first independent release in over a decade, Niemann co-wrote and co-produced the songs in his home studio.
The songs drew inspiration from recent life changes and reflect exactly what the project's name suggests - Niemann getting back to his center and finding himself through the ups and downs of life.
Penned by Niemann, Lee Brice and Jon Stone, "Tequila Kisses" is a boozy summertime singalong. Dipping into a cappella for the first time, Niemann recorded all 50 separate vocal parts that make up this track himself - from the high harmonies to the drum kicks.
"I've always really connected with harmony-driven music from groups like the Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio and the Beach Boys," Niemann told Taste of Country, "and ever since 'Lover, Lover,' I've had so many amazing fans tell me they were drawn to the groove and the nine-part harmony arrangement of that song."
"Ghost Rider" appeals to the darker side of Niemann. Written by Niemann, The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller, the moody tune tells the story of a man being haunted by the memories of an ex-lover - one who continues to be a "Ghost Rider" in his passenger seat through life.
"'Ghost Rider' was a song idea I came up with after going through my divorce," said Niemann. "People are often creatures of habit, and when you lose that person that has been constantly by your side for years, it's like they are a 'Ghost Rider' in your life - at least for a little while. Hopefully anyone going through a tough time will go for a ride, roll the windows down, and listen to this song - and maybe it will help them clear their heads and get some things figured out."