From the recording Ballad of a Bad Girl
After the song was recorded, on one of many playbacks in the control room, we were listening to all of the tracks minus the guitar, and Marotta said, “if I heard this on the radio, I would lean in. I would be blown away!” I surveyed my closest buddies and family, and they all voted for the version sans guitar. So I went for it—the unexpected mix. The story concept came from Lindley’s now deceased husband and his fraught relationship with his son after a family shakeup.