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Sevendust’s Clint Lowery Pours Heart and Soul Into Call Me No One Album

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Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery is determined to make his new project Call Me No One work. In a new blog posted on Lowery’s official website, the prolific guitarist expressed his excitement about the band’s debut disc — ‘Last Parade,’ out yesterday (June 5) — and how he “can’t wait for people to hear” the result of all the hard work Lowery, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, Hurt’s Rek Mohr and guitarist Alan Price put into it.

Check out an excerpt from Lowery’s note below:

…Been a long process getting this thing to happen. I believe the real work began after the actual record was recorded. The business end of music sucks the joy out of it sometimes. It becomes very cold and heartless after the recording process. All the excitement and creative thinking that goes on, the building of the songs, debating on what’s gonna be the better part, overcoming fear of being able to beat your last effort. It’s an emotional roller coaster for me, but all good. Then the process begins with release — the ‘business people’ take your music like a child out of your arms and have little to no emotional attachment; tell you which song should be released; what they don’t like about or kinda like about this. There are some who give it praise one week and the next week not able to get them on the phone…

We have a good team I think behind this. Do I think they care about it as much as I do? Not even close. But I do believe in one thing: people’s drive to make money. I don’t trust many things in the music business, but I trust that people in this business want money and power. If your band is in the pipeline of that, you can also gain something.

We all have different things that drive us; mine used to be money and fame. Now it’s security, support and longevity. I want to make music and sell enough of it to survive, I want to be able to support my family doing what I love. I want to make honest music and grow as a musician. I don’t really care about selling a bunch of records; I’d much rather people come to a show and connect that way. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want a ton of people to like it, because that’s what I do it for. To do what so many other bands have done for me: provide an escape. A tunnel out of real life into some better mindset than I live in daily. I love being in a situation like the airport or DMV and putting earbuds in and listening to something that changes the environment completely. That’s the goal…

I can’t wait to hear what people think about CALL ME NO ONE — Morgan and I worked hard on it, had a forth of the resources most bands have and a great creative team around us. I had the support of my family and friends and other bands and colleagues. I learned a lot about singing and can’t wait to get out there and try this live. We pulled in Alan Price and Rek Mohr to play this stuff live with us and love these guys. Great players and positive cats, for sure…

I just lost my father, Willie Lowery — the reason I do this in the first place. He played music his whole life, believed he was gonna make it to the next level his whole life. I watched him play his guitar in an assisted-living home as if he was playing to a sold-out crowd in a stadium. He never lost hope; he was on the sunset of his life and believed in music — it never abandoned him and he never stopped playing it.

When I think about doing something else or getting jaded or bitter at this business, I think of him. He would have chewed this business’ ass up if he could have. It certainly did a number on him. He never let the fact that he didn’t break into the big time stop him from loving it all the same. It’s what he did. I lost my dad, but I gained my drive back.

I’m gonna do whatever it takes in music to survive — to provide for my family and help other bands achieve it. Period. He did it ’till the end, and so will I.

I dedicate this record to him, my wife and son and to God for giving me life, love and music. love whoever is reading this — yep, I said it. hope peace surrounds you and love finds you. God bless. P.S.: Go check out the record Tuesday — I promise you the people who made it will truly appreciate it.

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