In 2019, while waiting for his JD McPherson-produced album I’m Still Here to move toward release (now coming in 2021), Tulsa songwriter Travis Linville found his idle hands penning songs left and right. Finding a window to enter the studio between solo tours, and dates as a sideman for Hayes Carll, Linville recorded a new EP, Sounds of the Street, in an October 2019 session at The Butcher Shoppe, the Nashville studio owned by the late John Prine and David Ferguson. And as a sad coda to the session, pandemic induced fates intervened, and The Butcher Shoppe closed shortly thereafter, making Linville’s record one of the last recorded there.
The songs on SOTS include two co-writes—lead single ”Brokenhearted #1,” which we are pleased to premiere today—with fellow Oklahoman and longtime friend Samantha Crain, who was tapped for her profound lyricism and sharp, singular ear for melodies. The collaboration was a departure for Linville, whose solo work has largely been written and produced entirely independently.
About their new single and video, Travis comments
“I wrote this song with my friend Samantha Crain. About a week before the sessions we sat down and wrote this song in about an hour. It ended up being one of my favorites from the session. I don’t do a whole lot of co-writing so when I do, I want it to be with someone who I admire and who will make me better. Sam fits both bills. She had the idea started so it all came pretty easy. I think we have mostly all felt like the Brokenhearted #1 at some point or another and that always makes the song come out a little easier.
This video was filmed in my home studio in Tulsa Oklahoma. Like many of us I’ve been home for a few months so my focus has been on working in the studio instead of zig zagging all over the world touring. It’s been a pleasent reset. When it was time to make a video we decided to just shoot in the studio. The video was produced by some super talented friends at CVW media in Norman Oklahoma. I am comfortable working with them and they always do a superb job at putting these things together.”