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Clay Cook Looks to Heavens on 'North Star' – Song Premiere

John Mayer co-wrote song with Zac Brown Band member

October 22, 2013 8:30 AM ET
Clay Cook
Clay Cook
Courtesy of Southern Ground Artists

Clay Cook's new solo album, North Star, is a personal snapshot of his life spanning from college to his Grammy-winning days as a member of Zac Brown Band. The 35-year-old Georgia native was just 18 when the project’s title track was conceived out of growing pains later shared with his best friend from Berklee College of Music.

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"I started to write this song as I was moving off to college," he tells Rolling Stone. "As a sheltered Southerner, I'd never really left home. Traveling 1,000 miles away to Boston unearthed a bunch of feelings that I really wasn't prepared for. Two years later, I convinced John Mayer to move with me to Atlanta, where he coincidentally started feeling the same pains I did years before, which led to us finishing the song together." 

"North Star" ties its namesake album together with the theme of what Cook calls "watershed moments," along with a Southern-rock vibe. “While the perspective and events change from song to song, the album does have a consistent musical core – not just me, but what I wanted this album to be.” 

North Star, executive produced by Zac Brown, is out now and available on iTunes.

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