Bob Thiele, Jr., the musical director of the hit FX series Sons Of Anarchy, didn’t come to LAND HO!, the debut album from the musicians behind the show’s soundtrack, by accident. “In 1979, I had the idea to make a record,” Thiele tells Billboard. “A few things happened along the way. And so this idea of mine was put on hold.”
The producer and songwriter got to finally pursue this long-awaited project during the final season of SoA, when he recorded this album with his band The Forest Rangers, a group of seasoned musicians who shaped the soundtrack to the show each week. The bluesy LAND HO! also includes features from artists like Ravi Coltrane, Audra Mae, Amos Lee, Alison Mosshart, Katey Sagal and Billy Valentine.
“SoA was beyond a breath of fresh air,” Thiele adds. “The songs I was writing and producing were part of the narrative. The fact that people dug it was a complete shock to all of us.” Working on the show’s soundtrack (including its Emmy-nominated theme song, “This Life”) helped Thiele “to reclaim my artist’s voice,” in his words. “Though the songs on LAND HO! are not connected to the [show’s] narrative, the DNA is the same,” he adds. “This album is my expression born out of the SoA experience.”
Listen to the full album below exclusively on Billboard, and preorder on iTunes here ahead of its July 10 release date.