The Georgia native’s newest project is a concept record that tackles racism, homophobia, and stepping out of your comfort zone. The songwriter and producer’s latest album takes aim at discrimination of all stars and stripes
6Ft Middle-Age American Man
Fuck It (I Don’t Like Love)
Divided States of America
Out In the Open
Torn In the USA
Blinded By the White
You Gotta’ Be Just Who You Are
Forgot To Say I Love You
When the singer-songwriter and superproducer watched the footage of the Unite The Right rally, the white nationalist protest that resulted in the murder of civil rights activist Heather Heyer and the injury of several dozen counterprotesters, it didn’t strike him as a new phenomenon. Growing up in the small town of Cartersville, Ga., he had regularly seen such virulent hate on full display—even at an everyday red light.
“It was just normal,” Walker says incredulously from his Santa Monica studio. “You actually saw people putting money in the f**king bucket, just like a firemens’ donation.”
From there, he says, “I just started writing in a pattern after Charlottesville happened, and all these things started coming back into light.” It returned him to a time when, as a young man, he witnessed animosity against people who weren’t straight, white and Christian. While he didn’t perpetrate these acts, he admits he was “complicit” in them.