In addition to a long run as one of America's favorite television stars, Katey Sagal also has another passion: music. Actually, it was her first love. Long before "Sons Of Anarchy" or "Married...With Children," the California native was performing on stage -- even singing behind such acts as Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker. This week, Sagal releases "Covered," a collection of songs that have inspired her in her musical life. The set, which includes tracks like Tom Petty's "Free Fallin" and Jackson Browne's "For A Dancer," is her first full-length disc in nine years. Why so long a wait?
"Probably a lot of writers' block, and a real busy schedule," she tells Billboard. "I love to play music, and I was playing gigs and doing a lot of songs off my other records. I thought 'I really need to have some new songs.' I've been trying to write, but I realized that I like the process of recording song and finding songs. It kind of came out of necessity of wanting to get to it. I couldn't wait on myself anymore," she said of her back-to-the-well approach.
When asked about the song selection for the album, she said "A few of them are songs that inspired me as a kid. I listened to lots of Joni Mitchell, so I wanted to include music from her, and also I listened to a lot of rock and roll, so I really liked Tom Petty."