After over twenty years of making music with The National, Matt Berninger's first solo debut, Serpentine Prison is one of 2020's best albums.
The unlikely inspiration for this move was Willie Nelson's 1978 album, Stardust. Ever since Berninger heard it as a child, it had always brought him comfort and happiness and he wanted to make his own version of it. With the hopes of recording a collection of his favorite covers, Matt reached out to soul legend and acclaimed producer, Booker T. Jones. The project soon turned into an album of original material, though still inspired by Nelson and other musical heroes.
Check out this interview with Matt on CBS This Morning.