The Making of “Valley of the Sun”

The Long Hunt

Here is a story about the making of the song “Valley of the Sun”. The inspiration in many ways came from a road trip Allison and I took to Utah and Colorado in the spring of 2016. The band had just started writing its first songs about a month or two prior, so I decided to take my acoustic guitar along with us to hopefully develop those ideas and maybe even come up with some new ones out on the road.

It took two and a half days to drive from Pittsburgh to Western Colorado and it more or less rained the entire time. I say more or less because we also had some light snow and hale around the Toledo, Ohio area.

imag2604 Day 1: Rain in Ohio

On the second day, the drive across the seemingly never-ending state of Nebraska was met with unrelenting and oftentimes torrential rain. After…

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