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Jamie Teachenor / Press

“The album, as the title “The Departure” and his band The Departures suggests, is a change in direction for Teachenor. It’s not a departure from his musical interests and background, which he embraced when creating the record’s 13 songs. Rather, it’s a departure from the music he created the past decade working as a songwriter, the last four years with Sony/ATV Tree in Nashville. Teachenor wrote country music for other artists. He wrote songs for Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry and Luke Bryan. His single for Blaine Larsen “How Do You Get That Lonely” – a song about teenage suicide – reached No. 18 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart in 2005. “I was wanting to move on and do something else,” said Teachenor, who primarily plays the piano. “I felt it was finally time to do that.” “It has been described as pop/rock with strong lyrics and a Southern accent,” he said. “I wasn’t trying for an exact style, I just recorded what I’ve always heard in my h”