Today, the acclaimed Song Confessional podcast announced that its upcoming second season will debut on January 13.
Hosted by Walker Lukens and Zac Catanzaro and in conjunction with NPR Affiliate Radio KUT / KUTX in Austin, TX, the new season kicks off with an episode featuring an original track from the dance-punk group !!! (Chk Chk Chk).
On Song Confessional, bands and songwriters turn anonymous stories into new, original songs. Each episode features the “Confession” that inspired the original song, the song’s premiere and an interview with the songwriter.
Lukens and Catanzaro capture these candid recordings in their traveling public confession booth / recording studio, which has made appearances at SXSW, Luck Reunion and Newport Folk Festival, as well as the Magdalena Hotel in Austin. The show’s first season included songs from artists like Odessa, Houndmouth, Wild Child, and The Band of Heathens, and is available to stream now.
“What’s exciting about Song Confessional is that you never really know what you’re going to get because the stories and musical genres are different every time,” writes Catanzaro. “Each episode takes us on a shared journey where you first hear the inspiration, then you get the song completed before finally hearing the artist walk you through the creation process.”
Catanzaro describes the genesis of the show’s concept: “Walker and I have spent many years and thousands of miles on the road together listening to music, playing music and recording music. After one show in particular, a woman came to see Walker and described how one of his records really helped him through his mother’s death. It got us thinking about how people relate to specific songs, which begged the question, “What if we could actually write a custom song?” As a former Catholic, somewhere along the way, the idea of confession got into the mix. Adding anonymity and the confessional vibe really allows people to open up without feeling judged. I think the beauty of this kind of storytelling is that it’s timeless. Themes are something of the general human experience … there is no right or wrong. “
Photo by Brynn Osborn
Watch the trailer for the new season here: