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No Justice returns to more country sound with 'America's Son'
With Conway on the keys, the band revived an old fan favorite, “Don't Walk Away,” into a plaintive piano duet that reunited No Justice with Rebecca Lynn Howard, who sang on “Second Avenue” and provided harmony vocals on a few other “America's Son” tracks.
“That song got requested a lot, but it just kind of got pushed back in our set list and we just hadn't done it in awhile. When we revisited that, it kind of got a second wind ... and it definitely rejuvenated that song for everybody,” Rice said.
“Whenever you're in studio, you can kind of do some different things. That was something that I just felt those songs needed a female vocal ... and I think it kind of makes the songs.”
Producer Dexter Green (Collective Soul) introduced the band to songstress Elizabeth Cook, who mingles voices with Rice on the twangy traveling tune “Songs on the Radio.” After a chance encounter with Jason Isbell at a Hayes Carll concert, Rice invited the Drive-By Truckers musician to lend his slide guitar and backing vocals to the album's first single, the raucous “Never Gonna Be Enough,” which proves No Justice indeed learned from its rock experimentation.
“It's just kind of cool getting other musicians to be a part of it just ‘cause it just kind of gives that extra special touch to the record that I think fans can appreciate as well as the artists ourselves. You know, it's cool being able to work with different musicians and you can take some inspiration from those sessions that you have with them,” Rice said. “It just kind of gets you out of your element a little bit.”
Still, Rice said he is happy the band is back in its country element with “America's Son.”
“It feels a little better ... ‘cause that's kind of how we were raised and it's easier to write from that perspective. I think just the whole state of mind and the content and everything like that, it just comes pretty easy,” he said.
“It was a cool experience and I'm glad we did it, but we probably won't do a more rocking record again.”