Butch Walker lost his beloved dad, “Big” Butch Walker, on Aug. 21 at the age of 72 in their native Cartersville.
A new song from Walker, the beautifully anthemic “Coming Home,” was written in advance of his father’s death, but as Walker recently told Rolling Stone, “'Coming Home' was written full of metaphors for 'coming to terms' with his eventual mortality. When he finally passed away, one week before the release of the song . . . Well, he proved again to be always the king of timing."
The lovely “Coming Home” is part of a five-song EP, “Peachtree Battle,” that Walker will release digitally on Sept. 17 via Dangerbird Records. It’s his first new music in two years and was recorded in Venice, Calif., and Nashville. A limited edition vinyl pressing of the EP will be released on Oct. 22 to accompany Walker’s fall tour.
Atlanta fans get a sneak peek of that tour on Thursday when Walker, 43, plays a sold-out show at the Variety Playhouse and the documentary about his life, “Out of Focus,” screens pre-show at the Plaza Theatre (that, too, is sold out).
The other songs included on “Peachtree Battle” are “I’ve Been Waiting for This,” “Peachtree Battle,” “Favorite Son” and “Let it Go Where it’s Supposed to.”
Walker, an ace singer-songwriter-producer, is currently on the charts with Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," which he co-wrote, and the Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran duet, “Everything Has Changed,” which he produced.
Take a listen to “Coming Home.”