Set your DVR!  Oct. 17  will be the first of 8 episodes of the new series “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.”  Each subsequent episode will air on HBO Fridays from 11 p.m. to midnight. 

Sonic Highways, directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, chronicles the recording of the new Foo Fighters album.  Each episode of the documentary series is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people defining that city’s unique musical identity. 

The eight American cities that are featured in the series and will have songs on the album are Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C..  In each city, Grohl interviewed some of the musicians who helped shape those sounds and used each conversation as inspiration to write and record an original song for the next Foo Fighters album. 


"After making 'Sound City,' I realized that the pairing of music and documentary works well because the stories give substance and depth to the song, which makes for a stronger emotional connection," Grohl told Billboard in May. "So I thought, 'I want to do this again, but instead of just walking into a studio and telling its story, I want to travel across America and tell its story.'"