Butch Walker just dropped his terrific seventh album, Afraid of Ghosts, last month. Now, he’s giving fans a very cool, behind-the-scenes look at its making at Ryan Adams’ Pax Am studios. Check out the Noah Abrams-directed video above.

In the clip, Walker reveals that it was quite a change of pace to relinquish production responsibilities to Adams, but he says his latest effort is better off for it.

“You have to understand, I’m somebody who’s done all my records pretty much myself,” Walker says in the video. “My day job is writing songs for other people. So when someone else just starts tearing apart my songs that I was playing right there on the spot, I was like, ‘Well, maybe that’s what I need.’"

Walker also notes that Adams – who he called “opinionated” and “passionate” -- was the right man for the job. He was also able to enlist the help of a couple key musicians: Husker Du’s Bob Mould and actor Johnny Depp. Mould appears on the Afraid of Ghosts track, “Father’s Day,” while Walker noted that Adams fondly referred to Depp as “J-Dizzle.”

Next week, Walker has a couple of gigs scheduled at this year’s SXSW. He’ll play the Dangerbird Records Showcase and Willie Nelson’s Heartbreaker Banquet on March 19. From there, he ventures on a North American tour. Take a look at a full list of dates below:

Butch Walker 2015 Tour
March 19: Austin, Texas -- Red 7 (Indoor Stage), Dangerbird Records Showcase
March 19: Luck, Texas -- Willie Nelson’s Heartbreaker Banquet
April 27: Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Mr. Small's Theatre
April 28: Philadelphia, Pa. -- Theatre of the Living Arts
April 29: Pawling, N.Y. -- Daryl's House
May 1: Northampton, Mass. -- Pearl Street
May 2: Burlington, Vt. -- Higher Ground Ballroom
May 4: Boston, Mass. -- The Wilbur Theatre
May 5: New York, N.Y. -- Concert Hall, NYSEC
May 7: Washington, D.C. -- 9:30 Club
May 8: Charlotte, N.C. -- Visulite Theatre
May 10: Durham, N.C. -- Carolina Theatre
May 11: Columbia, S.C. -- Music Farm
May 12: Charleston, S.C. -- Music Farm
May 15: Atlanta, Ga. -- Atlanta Symphony Hall
May 17: Nashville, Tenn. -- War Memorial
May 19: Detroit, Mich. -- St. Andrew's Hall
May 20: Cleveland, Ohio -- House of Blues
May 22: Minneapolis, Minn. -- Cedar Cultural Center
May 23: Madison, Wis. -- Majestic Theatre
May 24: Chicago, Ill. -- The Vic
May 26: Toronto, Ontario -- Mod Club Theatre
May 27: Columbus, Ohio -- Park Street Saloon
May 29: Indianapolis, Ind. -- Deluxe -- Old National Center
May 30: Cincinnati, Ohio -- Bogart's
June 2: Columbia, Mo. -- Rose Music Hall
June 3: St. Louis, Mo. -- The Duck Room -- Blueberry Hill
June 4: Tulsa, Okla. -- Cain's Ballroom
June 6: Austin, Texas -- Stubbs
June 7: Dallas, Texas -- Majestic Theatre
June 10: Boulder, Colo. -- Fox Theatre
June 14: San Francisco, Calif. -- Great American Music Hall
June 16: Los Angeles, Calif. -- Masonic Lodge

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