His Springsteen and Petty-influenced solo album ‘Stay Gold’ dropped Aug. 26 on Dangerbird Records.
The Pop Shop Podcast is excited to present the second episode of a new weekly segment: the Headliner Interview. Set to run each Thursday, this new segment features Billboard.com staff writer Chris Payne conducting a longform interview with a compelling voice in the world of music -- we hope you're the type who likes a good story. Last week’s interview was with Jimmy Eat World, and this week’s comes from another artist with some Taylor Swift tales -- hit-making pop and rock writer/producer Butch Walker.
“I don’t think real instrumentation and real music will ever die,” Walker asserts, looking back on a career that’s contextualized pop through rock and rock through pop. It’s included collaborations with P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Katy Perry and production on Swift and Ed Sheeran’s 2013 collab “Everything Has Changed.” In the new episode, Walker explains how his folk/bluegrass cover of “You Belong With Me” got him in touch with Taylor, and how he’s been working on music with her friend and former backing singer Elizabeth Huett, who's launching a solo career herself.