Acclaimed musician, singer, and songwriter Jay Gonzalez has announced the upcoming release of his new album. Back To The Hive arrives everywhere via Gonzalez’s own Middlebrow Records on Friday, March 5th. Perhaps best known for his role as guitarist/keyboard player with the Drive-By Truckers, Gonzalez is heralding Back To The Hive with an official video for “(I Wanna) Hold You.”
A self-professed “sucker for short pop songs filled with hooks and devoid of filler,” Gonzalez’s second full-length solo album, Back To The Hive sees the multi-talented artist continuing to push power pop into new shapes, reimagining the sound of classic A.M. radio through his own kaleidoscopic approach.
Recorded in his hometown of Athens, GA by longtime collaborator Chris Grehan, the album sees Gonzalez joined by a number of old friends including drummer Joe Rowe (The Glands) and former Drive-by Truckers Matt Lane (drums) and John Neff (pedal steel guitar) on a collection of strikingly diverse songs. From the straight-ahead pop of “(I Wanna) Hold You” and the buoyant “Trampoline” to the emotional Robin Gibb tribute, “Crying Through The Wall,” Back To The Hive is both invigorating and inventive, imbued with adventurous arrangements, timeless songwriting, and a lifetime of pop passion.