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Mike Stern Premieres "Whatchacallit"

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Mike Stern is set to release his 17th album as a bandleader, Trip, September 8 via Heads Up. Today, presents the premiere of "Whatchacallit," the album's latest single.

Trip is Stern's first album since breaking both his arms after tripping over construction debris outside his Manhattan home last summer. You wouldn't know Stern had ever been injured from this track however, which shows him in dazzling form. You can check it out below.

"Sometimes you have some bad stuff that’ll happen to you, but you kind of get through it and you realize that everybody has this stuff — good trips and bad trips," said Stern of his arduous recovery process. "But you just gotta keep trying, you gotta get up and keep going as soon as you can, which I was able to do. I had to figure out a way to play. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t play music."

"If you really want something bad enough, sometimes you have to fight for it; you find a way to make it happen."

For more on Mike Stern, stop by his website.

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.