The proposed Urban Cowboy TV show that Rob Baird auditioned for a couple of years ago did not pan out. But it did help give him a few songs for his upcoming fourth album -- including the track "I Tried," premiering exclusively below.
Rather than a part, what Baird got out of the process was a "fairly intense" long-distance relationship that informs a great deal of the After All album, which is due out Jan. 11. "I didn't make the cut, but I started dating a girl and kind of realized that a long-distance relationship is gonna be tough, basically, in the two industries we're in," the Austin-based Baird tells Billboard. "We both agreed it was an interesting relationship -- especially me as someone who's in the business of telling stories. We lived at the San Jose Hotel (in Austin, Texas) for 35 days -- kind of a shotgun relationship, if you will, like 'Oh, man, I've never done anything like this before...'"