His rejuvenated love of making music is evident from the opening notes of the spirited title track, “123 Go.” A jubilant roots rocker that picks up both steam and jangle as the song progresses, it is an absolutely infectious groove that defies you not to tap your feet, clap your hands and shake blissfully at top speed as you listen to it.
Equally impressive, though on the opposite side of the musical spectrum, is the moody and gorgeous “The Sound Of Impatience.” The six-song collection bounds back and forth effortlessly between the two tempos, from the feel-good “Crazy in Love” to the beautiful and moving track, “Yet.”
While there were many factors that contributed to this being the right time for Simons to return the focus to making his own music, the opportunity to record in Nashville for the first time with producer, Marshall Altman was right at the top of that list.
“The idea to make a new record with Altman came up and it just felt right,” he says. “All the pieces fit together perfectly. I spent all of September in Nashville hanging with friends, being in the scene and the vibe there, and working with Marshall. He and I have been friends for a long time and have always wanted to do something together and we were stoked to have had this opportunity.”