Conyers native Connor Pledger just released his second album, "Fight or Flight" in late July, and will host a local celebration on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Celtic Tavern in Olde Town Conyers.
ATHENS -- When singer-songwriter Connor Pledger began thinking about recording the follow-up to his 2011 debut disc "Detours," he didn't have to look far for tunes to fill the album.
"There wasn't a whole lot of time between the release of ('Detours') and the start of the new album," said Pledger, who grew up in Conyers and graduated in 2008 from Heritage High. "On the new album, when I was thinking about songs I wanted on it, I'd already written about 20-plus songs.
"And I was also thinking about bringing back some songs from the first album. So I had a ton of songs to choose from and I went with 12 songs, with one song from the first album."
Pledger's second album, "Fight or Flight" was released in late July, and the veteran musician will host a local celebration on Friday at the Celtic Tavern in Olde Town Conyers. Pledger will also herald the release of "Fight or Flight" in his adopted hometown of Athens on Aug. 29 at the Melting Point, opening for Emily Hearn.
"It's been a couple of months since I played in Conyers," said Pledger, who added that his Celtic Tavern appearance was a solo shot.
"It's a very intimate setting and it's good for me to play songs I might not play with the band. It's always a lot of fun because a lot of family, friends and fans come out."
While the eight-song "Detours" was more of a performance piece capturing just Pledger's guitar and vocals (with a few sonic accoutrements, like piano and bass), "Fight or Flight" is a full-band album, showcasing Philip Scheidt (bass) and Spencer Smith (drums).
In fact, Pledger said he decided to re-record one song from "Detours" -- "Help Me" -- so he and his mates could give it the full-band treatment.
"'Help Me' just sounded like it needed a band," he said. "My main set-up now is the trio -- these guys have been with me since the last album. If I'd known them earlier, they would have been on the first album."
Although he's now working in an ensemble format (and even playing some electric guitar at times), Pledger's sound has essentially remained true to his vision. Termed "acoustic-funk" a few years back, it's a good description for his highly rhythmic, acoustic-based compositions.
"The new album turned out to be exactly what I wanted -- I'm proud of it, for sure," he said. "I think this is more true to how I sound now, as far as the live show goes."
For the most part eschewing formal recording studios, Pledger and his band recorded parts of "Fight or Flight" in houses located in Monroe and Athens. The album is co-produced by Danny Infield (who helmed "Detours") and Parker Champam.
"We did just about all of it in houses," said Pledger, who added he'd had conversations with Better than Ezra drummer Tom Drummond about producing "Fight or Flight."
"The producers were basically able to come to us, so we could set up wherever we wanted to and we were able to find the exact sound we wanted to record, which was really nice."
Pledger, who has performed in locales as diverse as New York City, London, Paris and Ho Chi Minh City, said that even though he's just put out his second album (which is available on iTunes and at his performances), he's looking ahead to his next song collection.
"I've been so consumed with putting 'Fight or Flight' out, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been thinking about the next one," he said.
"I've thought about the songs I've written since we started the second album and some other things, but there's no concept yet."
For more information on Connor Pledger, visit www.connorpledger.com.