Wildfire lead singer slates solo disc
Friday, September 16, 2011
– Pinecastle plans to release a solo album from Wildfire frontman Robert Hale in early 2012.
The album is a mix between grassy and more country leaning tunes. The disc features Alecia Nugent, Scott Vestal, Wayne Benson, Ernie Sykes, Steve Thomas, Randy Kohrs and Shawn Lane.
The project includes four songs written by Hale and ends with a cover of Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke. The album was produced by Scott Vestal and Robert Hale and was recorded at Vestal's studio, Digital Underground.
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"Rented Room on Broadway"
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Rattle of the Chains
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