Rick Springfield is back with the brand-new studio album, Automatic, packed with 20 stylistically diverse songs that bridge the gap between his iconic albums Working Class Dog and Tao.
Returning to his roots of guitar-based power pop and keyboards, Rick Springfield weaves his signature themes of love, sex, and death into the album's lyrics, aiming to craft solid three-minute tunes with the most captivating hooks possible. In a stroke of inspiration, he named the album Automatic because the songs effortlessly poured out of him. As both the writer and producer of the album, Springfield showcases his musical prowess by playing all the guitars and keyboards. The project is also a heartfelt tribute to his longtime friend and soundman, Matty Spindel, who passed away the previous year. Springfield acknowledges the profound impact of Spindel's loss on him, his band, and the entire touring family.
Throughout his impressive four-decade career, Springfield has proven himself as a versatile entertainer and performer. He stands as the creative force behind some of the finest power-pop hits of the '80s, and his Grammy award-winning musical talent has led him to sell over 25 million albums and secure an impressive 17 U.S. Top 40 hits. Classics like "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk To Strangers," and "I've Done Everything for You" have solidified his status as a legend.
In addition to his musical achievements, Springfield has also made a name for himself in the world of acting. His role opposite Meryl Streep in Ricki And The Flash and his chilling performance as Dr. Irving Pitlor in HBO's True Detective earned him critical acclaim. He also captivated audiences with his portrayal of Lucifer in the CW hit Supernatural, and his hilarious and over the top self-portrayal on Showtime's Californication has to be seen to be believed. And who can forget his run as the sexy Noah Drake M.D. and lookalike rock star, Eli Love on General Hospital?!
Despite his immense success, Springfield remains humble about his appeal, crediting his connection with fans to his honesty and approach in his music. His loyal followers eagerly attend his annual fan getaways and the nearly 100 shows he performs each year, both with his band and in intimate "storyteller" settings. As he looks back on his fruitful career, he acknowledges the bond he shares with his fans through the music, recognizing that his sense of humor and genuine approach have played a significant role in sustaining his timeless appeal. "The 'cute' thing isn't going to last forever," he muses, acknowledging the enduring power of his music and the profound impact he continues to make on audiences worldwide.