Rob Thomas breaks down his upcoming solo album, Chip Tooth Smile (due April 26th) along with the whole rest of his career on the latest episode of our podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now. In an in-depth interview with host Brian Hiatt at our SiriusXM studio, Thomas touches on his short-lived pre-Matchbox Twenty band Tabitha’s Secret, how weed has helped his songwriting, the advantages of middle age, balancing his solo career with his band, the ’80s influences on his new LP, the trials of Gen-X and much more. With the 20th anniversary of “Smooth” approaching, he also details the making of that song, what it was like dealing with its ubiquity (he got sick of it for a while), and Carlos Santana’s unexpectedly heavy use of emojis in their text exchanges.
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