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I Dont Care fits David Ralston lifestyle

Date Posted: 2012-05-12

The title track of singer-songwriter David Ralston’s new CD, “I Don’t Care,” isn’t a rebellious or political statement about anything, but rather, “just more poking fun at people that tell you things you don’t care about.”

“I Don’t Care” is Ralston’s eighth studio album, and has now hit the market being available through iTunes and CDBaBy.com. “I think they keep getting better,” he smiles as he listens to the guitar riffs. “I wouldn’t continue if I thought I wasn’t improving,” says Ralston, praising his musicians. “The guys on this literally are the best. Thom Hiller, Bruce Bears, Jesse Williams and Mark Texiera. I could not be more proud with what we created.”

He chuckles as he relates how “I Don’t Care” almost became a theme, “so it just kind of made its way into a song, and seems to be taking hold as a way of life for the fans.” Ten tracks are on the CD, for which Ralston wrote or co-wrote eight. Listing to the ‘Low Down Dirty Ways’ and its tremendous guitar work, he tosses the credit away from himself. “It’s a lot about the musicians and producer in the studio,” he explains. “It is a real collaborative effort to see what works best for a song.”

Still, the Ralston touch is there. ‘Today’s Got Me Down’ is typical Ralston. “I always loved that style of blues,” says the New Englander-turned-Okinawan, “so I wanted something very soulful and classic sounding. Kim Middleton and I wrote it over the phone in Virginia.

“I Don’t Care” hit the streets only two weeks ago, a follow-up to his successful “A Woman That Loves Me” album of 2011. It’s impossible to put a label on Ralston when listening to the album, because each track is so different. ‘How Do I Stop the Pain?’ came about because “I think most can relate to love and loss and not learning from past experiences. I hit on that pretty hard. I don’t drink, so that part isn’t very personal… I have friends that do that for me!

To the other end of the spectrum, ‘You Don’t Deserve Me’ has strong traces of rock‘n roll. “We had The Faces in mind when recording that one,” says Ralston. “I always loved Ronnie Wood and Rod Steward playing together, so we went for that type of mood. A favorite? “That’s tough, he says after pondering the question a bit, but “I think ‘Woke Up Loving You’ is the one I’m most proud of. The whole Motown feel with the backing vocals and slide guitar is cool. I also love the Danzig song ‘Going Down to Die’ at the end. That’s the most aggressive song I’ve done by far, and I’ve always loved the heavy stuff.”

What’s next? He beams with pride talking about his upcoming opening show at the Oki Nogu Shinto Shrine in Naha on May 26th. “The Oki Nogu Shrine show will be a very special event. It is the holiest place in Okinawa and never before has a American been allowed to perform at such a place. It is a huge honor and should be a very memorable event.” From there, he’s off and running, touring the United States in August with stops in Indiana, Nashville, Florida and New York.

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