The Departure (album)

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The Departure
Studio album by
Released February 28, 2012
Genre Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Length 50:32
Label Rock Fiction Records
Producer Jamie Teachenor
Jamie Teachenor chronology
The Departure
Waiting Room - EP

The Departure[1][2] is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Jamie Teachenor. It was released on February 28, 2012,[3][4] by Rock Fiction Records.[5] His debut single, "I Never Know," and his follow-up single, "Free Birds Have Cages," received airplay at both Rock and Country Radio, quickly becoming Amazon Best Sellers.[6][7] Teachenor debuted, "Free Birds Have Cages," on season one, episode 3 of The Joey + Rory Show.[8] His third single, "Burning," saw success[9] internationally on College Rock and AAA radio. Two more tracks from "The Departure," "Coming Down" and "I Don't Wanna Think About That," also went on to become Amazon Best Sellers.[10][11]

Teachenor also recorded a special mono acoustic version of the single, "Free Birds Have Cages" (previously released on The Departure) and told a story titled, "How He Would've Wanted It," using a late 1940s era Magnecord tape machine. The song and the story were both featured on a 2012 episode of the first season of Nashville Time Machine.[12]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nothing Sound" Teachenor, Clementi 3:54
2. "If I Were a Stranger" Teachenor, Archer, Brown 3:06
3. "Closets" Teachenor, Lopez 3:40
4. "Drug of Choice" Teachenor, Stepakoff 4:02
5. "Our Time" Teachenor, Knowles 3:05
6. "Coming Down" Teachenor, Denney 3:52
7. "I Don't Wanna Think About That" Teachenor, Suckle, Musick 4:46
8. "I Never Know" Teachenor, Musick 3:26
9. "Burning" Teachenor, West 3:22
10. "Free Birds Have Cages" Teachenor, Bowman 4:17
11. "Unknown" Teachenor, Clementi 4:28
12. "The End of the World" Teachenor, Cameron, Collins 4:03
13. "Never Happened" Teachenor, Slate 4:31
Total length: 50:32


In the fall of 2011, Teachenor began working on his debut album, "The Departure." Session musicians included, Teachenor on piano, B3 and keys, Nir Zidkyahu on drums and percussion, Dave Fowler on bass, JT Corenflos and Mark McPheeters on guitar with Cord Phillips engineering. It was recorded at Gasoline Studios in Franklin, TN, and released on February 28, 2012, on Rock Fiction Records.

Teachenor also recorded a special mono acoustic version of "Free Birds Have Cages" using a late 1940s era Magnecord tape machine that was featured on the first season of Nashville Time Machine.


Four songs from "The Departure," "I Never Know," "Free Birds Have Cages," I Don't Wanna Think About That," and "Coming Down," are Amazon Best Sellers.

Great Indie Music[13] describes "The Departure" as, "His aptly named debut album, The Departure, exposes the soul of this storyteller and his melting-pot-musical-roots and proves that Teachenor has truly been given a genre-less gift and can appeal to listeners of all walks of life."

Music journalist, Larry Nager, gave the album a very favorable review writing, "Walking a fine line between contemporary country, pop and rock, Jamie Teachenor proves he's a lot more than just another Nashville hit songwriter on his aptly-titled new CD, The Departure. Alternately edgy and sensitive, his songs and arrangements provide a strong showcase for his emotive voice and virtuoso piano. From the opener "Nothing Sound" to the elegantly melodic "Free Birds Have Cages" to the desolate beauty of "Never Happened," The Departure marks the arrival of a strikingly original talent." Nager is the former Music Editor for The Memphis Commercial Appeal, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Cincinnati Post and contributor to Rolling Stone, GRAMMY Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Bluegrass Unlimited, Living Blues, Blues Revue, Musician, Frets, Nashville Arts & Entertainment, etc...


  • Jamie Teachenor: Vocals, Piano, Keyboard, Wurly, Rhodes, B-3 Organ, Strings, String Arrangements, Synth Pads, Harpsichord, Electric Guitar
  • J.T. Corenflos: Electric Guitar, 12 String Electric, Baritone Guitar, E-Bow Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Dave Fowler: Bass
  • Nir Zidkyahu: Drums, Percussion
  • Mark McPheeters: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Joe West: Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Toms, Sizzle Cymbal, Sleigh Bells, Ratcheting Screwdriver
  • Jeff Taylor: Accordion
  • Cord Phillips: Loops, Programming, Reverse Talking, Concert Bass Drum, Shaker, Tambourine, Finger Cymbals, Electric Guitar
  • David Wright: Wind Chimes
  • Jen Teachenor, Charlie Teachenor, Lily Teachenor: Hand Claps
  • Produced by: Jamie Teachenor
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered by Cord Phillips at Gasoline Studios, Franklin, TN
  • Assisted by: Elliott Elsey & Jeremy McCullough
  • Executive Producers - Melanie Balcomb, Amy Prichard
  • Kristen England/KLD Designs: Photography, Graphic Design, Album Art, Cover Photo, Concept Design, Website[14]


  1. ^ Daily American Republic newspaper article, "Hometown Celebs, Singer-Songwriter Returns To His Roots," written by Sarabeth Waller, April 29, 2012
  2. ^ The Dickson Herald newspaper, "Teachenor's First Album A Departure," written by Chris Gadd, February 29, 2012
  3. ^ Daily American Republic newspaper article, "Hometown Show By A Homeboy," written by Sarabeth Waller, May 14, 2012
  4. ^ Daily Dunklin Democrat newspaper article, "Nashville Recording Artist With Local Roots To Headline Show In Poplar Bluff," written by Candy Williams, May 10, 2012
  5. ^ "The Departure - Jamie Teachenor | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  6. ^ "I Never Know: Jamie Teachenor: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  7. ^ "Free Birds Have Cages: Jamie Teachenor: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Clay County Times-Democrat newspaper article, "Fourth Of July Picnic A Big Hit," staff writer, July 3, 2013
  10. ^ "Coming Down: Jamie Teachenor: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  11. ^ "I Don't Wanna Think About That: Jamie Teachenor: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  12. ^ "Jamie Teachenor". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  13. ^ "Jamie Teachenor, The Departure (entire CD mp3), Mp3 Digital Download Store". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  14. ^ "The Departure" Digital Booklet and Liner Notes
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