Shoot The Moon, Roger Street Friedman’s latest release via The Playroom Records and co-produced by Friedman and Felix McTeigue (co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s #1 hit “Anything Goes” and Americana chart topper and Grammy-nominated “Wreck You” by Lori McKenna), is the result of a concerted woodshedding effort following his critically lauded debut album, 2014’s The Waiting Sky.
Friedman, now 54, lives in a small Long Island town and re-started his career in music in 2010 following the loss of his parents and the birth of his daughter, living proof that it’s never too late to change your life’s direction and pursue your dreams.
All but one of the album’s 13 tracks were written or co-written by the artist who was joined by collaborators including Al Anderson, the veteran of NRBQ who has penned hit songs for Carlene Carter, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood and Tim McGraw, among others. Also contributing to the songwriting process were co-producer McTeigue and Francis Galluccio who has written for Celine Dion, Danielle Bollinger, Destiny’s Child, Marc Anthony, Mandy Moore and others. “I strive to tell stories, to make them as real and truthful as I can by finding the poetry in ordinary moments,” he explains of his work, which spans folk, New Orleans-style horn-driven rock, alt-country, blues, and even R&B.
Recently, Friedman met up with us in Nashville and gave an exclusive performance of the album’s title track, check it out: