Hays Ragsdale had "a lot of songs I'd been working on" ready for his band the Prescriptions' upcoming debut album, Hollywood Gold, and the EP that preceded that. And "Broken Wing," premiering exclusively below, was among them.
Ragsdale tells Billboard he wrote "Broken Wing" after he moved from his native Birmingham, Ala., to Nashville in 2014. "I was sleeping on a couch for the first six months I moved up here and I just had that little main riff," Hays says of the song, a haunting piece of introspection whose Southern gothic-styled arrangement ebbs and flows between a gentle, ringing melody and full-bodied guitar breaks -- including one at the end that sounds like it's ready for an extended life on stage. "It was around that time we started recording our first EP. It was sticking with me for a long time but I didn't finish it until we started recording the EP. I just felt like, 'If I'm gonna finish this song, now's the time.' We were in the studio (at Sound Emporium) and I said, "Let's finish this thing...'"