On this week’s show, we welcome Alex Dezen of The Damnwells.

Alex has a new self-titled solo album, his first full length solo debut, which will be released on February 12 via Rock Ridge Music.

As you probably know, we’re longtime Dezen/Damnwells fans here at Popdose. When the Damnwells released No One Listens To The Band Anymore in 2011, I did an interview with Alex, along with my Popdose comrade Michael Parr, to talk about the album.

Since then, Alex went on to record a series of four solo EPs and make a new album with the original lineup of the Damnwells and that same grouping of players also toured for the first time in a number of years.

Now, we’ve got this new solo album, a release that was once again funded by a PledgeMusic campaign and you can still pre-order the album now via Pledge. If you pre-order the album prior to the release date, you can receive an interesting incentive — a download of all of the music that Alex has released to date, both solo and with the Damnwells.

The download is a playlist primer for a live streamed event that Alex will do on the eve of the album’s release in Nashville. He’ll plans to perform his entire catalog of music from various locations in the city and that will culminate in a full album performance of the new album.

Alex is in an interesting place, as you’ll hear from this interview. It seems like this solo album definitely is the start of something that Alex views as a new chapter in his career and something that will be a template for how he wants to work and write songs going forward. If you’re a longtime Damnwells fan, I think you’ll be interested to hear what he has to say and what that might mean for the future of the group.

You’ll get a taste of the record via a couple of tracks that we’re going to play during today’s podcast. We’ll start with ”Ode To Ex-Girlfriends” which leads off the album and we’ll wrap up the podcast with ”This Is The Last Song (I’ll Ever Write On This Guitar.” In between, there’s a lot of things to talk about.

I hope that you enjoy the interview!

Lost Together with Matt Wardlaw, Episode 9: Alex Dezen

Alex Dezen photo credit: Mike Dunn

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Matt Wardlaw

Matt Wardlaw is a music lifer with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. Of course you all have shoes older than that, but that's okay, Matt realizes that he's still a rookie. His byline has appeared in the Riverfront Times (St. Louis), Cleveland Scene, Blogcritics, Music's Bottom Line and Ultimate Classic Rock, among others. In addition to writing for Popdose, Matt also has his own music blog called Addicted to Vinyl where he writes about a variety of subjects including but not limited to vinyl. In his spare time, Matt enjoys long walks in the park, Cherone-era Van Halen and driving long distances to Night Ranger concerts.

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