As with most bands and artists, the past 15-16 months or so have been like a rollercoaster for Kings of Leon. They had completed their album, When You See Yourself, back at the end of 2019 with plans to release it soon after, and then hit the road to tour in support of the album, and then COVID hit.

Val had the chance to chat with Jared Followill, bassist for Kings of Leon, and learn more about recording the album, how COVID delayed that release, their upcoming tour, where to get the best burgers in Nashville, oh, and the fact that Jared became a dad just before things got wild with COVID.

Their 8th album, When You See Yourself, was released back in early March, and was recorded pre-COVID in Nashville at Blackbird Studios.  Val asked Jared about the experience of recording 'at home' rather than in LA, and he explained that it felt a bit more like a real job since the guys were able to go to their actual homes after being in the studio all day.

With regard to touring, the When You See Yourself Tour will kick off in Florida on August 3rd, and Cold War Kids will be joining the guys on the road.  Locally, KOL will be the first concert to be played at the new Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport CT on August 17th (congrats to the WRRV listeners heading to that show).  They'll also be playing Northwell Health at Jones Beach on August 25th and BB&T Pavilion in NJ on August 29th.  You can check out the complete tour schedule here.

Finally, where can you get the best burgers in Nashville, according to Jared, well, you'll just have to listen to the interview to find out :)

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