Can you talk to us more about your latest single “McCarren Park”?
McCarren Park is a sweet song I wrote for a park in Brooklyn that I’ve been living my life around for a long time now. Just like a song can bring back memories, so can a park. So this is my little tribute to patch of grass and some old oak trees that have been good to me.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I’m a New Yorker that needs a lot of nature in my life to be happy, so I love the city parks. Whenever I had a big decision to make or it was simply a nice day outside to enjoy, I would head to McCarren. I started out singing the hook to myself one day, “I’ll go walking in McCarren Park..” and the song wrote itself from there.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I wanted to capture the first beautiful day of spring when everyone comes out of their apartments and the park comes to life. This was filmed entirely the very first day it was really nice out after a long winter to try to visually bottle that exuberance.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the entire song in McCarren Park one day laying on a blanket. I recorded it at Forever Wild, a recording studio that I built out at the 200 year old farmhouse that used to be my father’s organic farm, where I was born. At first I had my band Old Soul playing and singing on this and it was more of a production, but one day I was practicing with my friend Caitlin Gray, and asked her sing on it. It felt so good we decided to strip it way back and make it a duet with just the two of us singing, with me on guitar and Caitlin on bass.
What role does NYC play in your music?
My father was born in Brooklyn. My grandfather Lincoln was also born in Brooklyn, raised in part in an orphanage here and eventually built a great life for himself here. I moved to New York from Key West in 2006 in search of embers of the Village scene from the 60’s – a community of artists to make sincere music with and do our part to make the world a better place. And I love history, too. So the historical context that New York City has played for our country, along with this being an important launchpad for the beatniks and the hippies of the 50’s and 60’s that largely inspired my writing and music, meshed with my families roots here makes NYC home for me.
How’s your new album coming along?
It’s written. I’m going to be cutting it at Forever Wild throughout the summer with some great friends joining me on various tracks. Very excited to be bringing these songs to life!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
This will be a quick turnaround because I’m keeping this production very simple. I will release the full album this fall.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I’m playing all the time and my next show is Thursday, July 19th at Pete’s Candy Store at 9pm – right by McCarren Park. I love these acoustic shows because they allow a level of intimacy and storytelling I’ve always wanted in my music, inspired by folk artists like Utah Phillips who I saw when I was young. I’ll also be joined by Caitlin Gray on that show who cut this with me, playing with her is always a pleasure!
What else is happening next in Lincoln Foley Schofield’s world?
My band Old Soul has a big year ahead. We have a killer new album we’ve been developing – this will be our sophomore release. These guys are my brothers and we have special chemistry together. I’m really looking forward to making more music with them!