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Now Hear This: Frank Turner & Jon Snodgrass | Buddies II: Still Buddies

The singer-songwriter pals reconvene after a decade for another lighthearted romp.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Ten years ago, acclaimed songwriters and musicians Frank Turner & Jon Snodgrass hung out, drank whisky and wrote & recorded an album together called Buddies — a lighthearted hang between friends that became a hit with fans of both artists. Fast forward a decade and the pair are still buddies, so they decided to write a followup.

As with the original, Buddies II: Still Buddies was written in just one day, although this time, however, Turner and Snodgrass had to do it over the Internet due to lockdown. With more time on their hands than usual, they were able to flesh out the album, musically, and recruit other buddies — Stephen Egerton (Descendents/ALL) on drums and Todd Beene (Lucero, Chuck Ragan, Glossary) on pedal steel — for added instrumentation. The result is a funny, warm and at times poignant album that’s part talk show, part music.

Touching upon themes such as Jon having children, their travels across the U.S., name-checking other songwriter “buddies” like they did on the original LP and more, the album is a charming and playful reflection on a friendship 10 years on. From the punk-turned-country of the album’s lead single, Bad Times Good Vibes to referencing George Carlin’s infamous Saving The Planet on The Fleas, Buddies II: Still Buddies also stands as the first album Turner has recorded, mixed and mastered entirely on his own. Turner had the following to share about the project and how it came about this year:

“Lockdown has been such a blow to the music industry, and such a drag that we were all looking for things to do. Jon and I have been buddies a long time, and I noticed the 10-year anniversary of our collaborative album was coming up. Technology is such that we were able to reprise the writing method remotely, and indeed it turns out we’ve got a lot better at it in the intervening decade. I’m really, really proud of the record.”

And Snodgrass adds: “Buddies II was somehow even more fun to make. It even sounds better too! Frank mixed it & we enlisted Todd Beene & Stephen Egerton. So yeah, 2 more buddies. It’s twice as good, imo. I can’t wait until 2030! It’s gonna be three times better & we’re gonna do it at sea!!”