Foo Fighters’ ‘sonic highways’ tie America’s music together


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Grohl and the Foo Fighters released Sonic Highways on Nov, 10, 2014. The album’s concept was crafted specially for their 20th anniversary.

“It all started with the idea of recording at different studios all over the country; recording with different musicians, producers, and studio owners. You can tie all these people and places together with these…sonic highways,” Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl said.

These “sonic highways” Grohl mentions are the focal points of the Foo Fighters’ new 20th anniversary album and HBO series, Sonic Highways. Each of the eight tracks on the album represents the history of music in a particular city.

The tracks are listed as follows:

  1. “Something From Nothing”
  2. “The Feast and the Famine”
  3. “Congregation”
  4. “What Did I Do? / God As My Witness”
  5. “Outside”
  6. “In the Clear”
  7. “Subterranean”
  8. “I Am a River”

“I’ve been listening to the band since I was a kid, and I really like the concept of this new album,” freshman Nicholas Allen said. “I think it’s important for people to know the history of America’s music.”

The band decided that each track should have a musical guest on it, such as Gary Clark Jr. playing guitar on “What Did I Do? / God As My Witness” or Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson on “Something From Nothing”.

A combination of styles particular to each city and lyrics unique to the musicians they encountered on their journey, Sonic Highways is a great way to inform the general public of American musical history.

For more information on the album or tour dates, visit