As part of Jason Isbell's 400 Unit, guitarist Sadler Vaden is no stranger to the road. He digs into the toll that life on the road takes on "Next To You," premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Nov. 21), from his upcoming solo album Anybody Out There?
"It's a little autobiographical," Vaden says of the track. "It's really how I was feeling being on the road so much and how I was feeling for my life and the loneliness factor that kicks in. When you sign up to do this and want to dedicate your whole life to it, you don't think about when there's another person involved and how that's going to affect them. It's a constant dance of doing your best as a partner to keep your relationship in good health. The narrator wants this person they love to know they're always going to be there -- even if they're not actually there."
Vaden, who also logged time with Drivin N Cryin, says it's a message his wife certainly hears and understands. And, he adds, she likes to sing. "She's my harshest critic," he notes, "not of my guitar playing, but my songwriting. She really did like it."