Song Premiere: Steve Poltz’s Wry “Pharmacist”
On March 1 Red House Records will release, Shine On, the latest studio effort from Steve Poltz. Just over 20 years ago Poltz recorded his debut solo record, One Left Shoe, after gaining renown with his San Diego-based rock act The Rugburns and subsequently collaborating with Jewel on a few tunes, including “You Were Meant for Me.” While Poltz lived in Southern California for a couple decades, he recently relocated to Nashville and connected with numerous like-minded players, including Will Kimbrough, who produced Shine On, which is now available for pre-order.
Today we premiere “Pharmacist” from the forthcoming release. Poltz reveals, “I moved to Nashville about three years ago and lo and behold, my neighbor turned out to be a funny dude named Scot Sax. He lives right next door to me. I can see him on my security camera, naked right now, mowing his lawn. I forgot that we had met several years earlier at album designer Gary Burden’s wedding in Topanga Canyon. Neil Young was the best man!
“Scot is a great songwriter and a good pal. We even started a podcast together called One Hit Neighbors. We’ve both had one hit song. That’s it. ONE. His was with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and mine was with Jewel.
“So anyways, Scot went to Kroger in East Nashville to pick up a prescription and later we met for coffee. He was saying that it would be funny if you had a crush on your pharmacist and you kept wanting to get sick and get more prescriptions. I loved the idea so we immediately sat down and got caffeinated and wrote that sucker. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the record. I love the slacker vibe and the lazy guitar and harmonica.
“I couldn’t wait to record it at my buddy Will Kimbrough’s studio. Will produced the record and did a stellar job. The mix by Brad Jones was the cherry on top.”