Aidin Vaziri | More than 10 years have passed since Cody Chesnutt released his previous album, “The Headphone Masterpiece.” Recorded entirely in his bedroom, the sprawling double LP marked the Georgia native as a genre-busting musical maverick and scored a left-field hit via the Roots’ retooling of the song “The Seed (2.0).” After taking most of the interim time off to help raise his two children, Chesnutt, 44, released his second full-length album, “Landing on a Hundred,” to rave reviews last year. He spoke to us from his Florida home.
Q: I imagine you had to be more efficient with your time making this album compared with the first one.
A: That’s right. With “Headphone Masterpiece” I was in the bedroom all day. It was just like writing in the diary, not having to split the time up. This one was all about locking into a schedule and making it happen.
Q: Did you like having to work with restrictions?
A: I dig it. It’s definitely an adjustment I had to make.
Q: In what way do you think you have changed the most over the past 10 years?
A: I’ll tell you a great story. The rhythm guitar player in my band has a 3-year-old son. He takes him to day care, and he told me when he went to pick the kid up that the teacher was playing my new album in the classroom for the kids. That validates the growth I made. I’ve done a lot of evolving as a person. The energy is more positive. It’s more nurturing. Hearing that meant the world to me.