Bruce Springsteen's upcoming new album, 'Letter to You' was created on an acoustic guitar given by a fan.
Gifted on one of the Boss' 'Springsteen on Broadway' performances, the legend recalled in a recent interview with Rolling Stone thanking the fan for the guitar.
On a whim, Springsteen picked up the acoustic guitar sometime last year and spent time working on new tracks.
All the songs from the album came out of it
"In perhaps less than ten days. I just wandered around the house in different rooms, and I wrote a song each day. I wrote a song in the bedroom. I wrote a song in our bar. I wrote a song in the living room," the Boss said.
Initially, the rocker recorded his new songs into his iPhone, a habit of his for the past decades where he doesn't demo any of his tracks until he goes into the studio with the E Street Band.
"When I demo, I start putting things on to see if it works," he explained. "And suddenly, I'm locked into an arrangement. And then the band has to fit themselves into an arrangement. And suddenly, we don't have an E Street Band album. So I intentionally did not demo anything."
The decision allowed the band to be included in the upcoming album, just like the previous releases. "We finally made it back to the band sensibility," declared guitarist Steven Van Zandt, "where Bruce is comfortable trusting the band again, thinking like a band member again."
"I love the emotional nature of Letter to You," Springsteen said in a press release announcing the album's release. "And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we've never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I've ever had."