“I decided not to make a formal album for awhile, and just to put out songs one at a time," explains Wilson. "It’s a fun thought and of course I’ve seen other artists do it, it’s not my own invention. But it makes sense for how I create music. My life is no longer separated into album cycles - I’m always writing with people and on my own, and I’m always making records. It’s a constant flow and a constant output of my own and other people’s songs, so why not just put things out as they happen. Once I made my peace with that I realized that the rest of the world had already got there, I could have looked around and done it a lot earlier."
About "We Ain't Telling" Wilson adds: "My new track, 'We Ain’t Telling,' is me in my musical home base: acoustic guitar, a little twangy, a little Americana, (whatever that means,) telling a simple story with some complex emotions bubbling under the surface. I wrote it during a two-month stretch when I was writing a song every day, and this song and a bunch of others got lost in the chaos of that time. I kinda forgot about it for a couple of years. But a few years later I was in a session with Ethan Gruska, Jenny Long, and Evan Vidar to record “Yoko,” and we decided to try this one too. And it just happened. We cut it live, vocals and all, then Ethan added the lead guitars afterwards."
Dan Wilson will be touring this fall, making stops in Nashville, Chicago, New York City and more. Find a full list of tour dates on his website.
As one of the most in-demand songwriters working today, Wilson has recently collaborated with Mike Posner (co-wrote new single "Song About You"), Brett Dennen, Leon Bridges, Halsey (co-wrote single "Alone"), Journey's Steve Perry (co-wrote "No More Cryin" from Traces) and many more.
Last year, Wilson released Re-Covered, a unique album that finds the Grammy-winning songwriter reinterpreting songs from his storied career that he wrote for and with other artists. Rolling Stone said, "On this object lesson in the malleability of a well-built pop song, A-list writer Dan Wilson covers 13 songs he had a hand in, with some new takes rivaling the signature versions," while The Associated Press said "Wilson proves his empathy, especially on 'Someone Like You' with backing from the Kronos Quartet, his versions conserve the originals’ intimacy with time healing some of the wounds."