Robert Pollard Channels Country in 'I Killed a Man Who Looks Like You'

Guided By Voices leader to release new album 'Honey Locust Honky Tonk' in July

May 7, 2013 10:00 AM ET
Robert Pollard, 'Honey Locust Honky Tonk'
Robert Pollard, 'Honey Locust Honky Tonk'
Courtesy of Fire Records

Robert Pollard is back, and this time, the prolific Guided By Voices leader evokes the spirit of Western music on his new album, Honey Locust Honky Tonk. On "I Killed a Man Who Looks Like You," Pollard shapes a somber tale of a ghost singing to himself in the mirror with shimmering, deliberate guitar strums and country's storytelling power.

Guided By Voices Close Out CBGB Festival with Onslaught of New Tunes

"Honey Locust Honky Tonk is supposed to be a mock country album even though it's not country, although it is a little more straightforward than albums I typically make," Pollard tells Rolling Stone. "I was going to use a pseudonym – Cash Rivers."

Honey Locust Honky Tonk will be out July 1st worldwide and July 9th in North America.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

New and Hot Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

More Song Stories entries »