The Train Wrecks, the "hardest gigging band in Savannah," have been derailed since February, but front man Jason Bible has been hard at work on his latest solo project (as Jason Bible & the Rights) during the down time.


"Anatta" is the second part of Bible’s planned trilogy of novels and accompanying albums, and the follow-up to last year’s "Anicca." Bible, who has been sober for years, drew inspiration from his own battles with substance abuse.


"It’s basically examining the opioid crisis in Georgia through the three marks of existence in Buddhism," Bible said of his trilogy. "Dukkha is the second one, which is suffering, and we kind of skipped suffering and made this one a more hopeful, optimistic record. It still has some of the sad stuff, but it’s less heavy than the first one. I think we’re going to make the third one a comedy."


The book and songs were co-written with Bible’s longtime collaborator, Dave Williams.


"The character in this one is a social worker," explained Bible.


"His last name’s Cline and he names his daughter Patsy — that was my grandmothers name. We would write different stuff and different ideas and Dave would glue all that together. He might get a page one day about how desperate do we want to make this guy, how entrenched is he going to get in opioid addiction."


In the novel, it takes several chapters before the consequences of addiction begin to become apparent to Cline’s co-workers and rumors begin to circulate.


"At that point he’s trying to act like he’s not messed up, but he is and you can only do that for so long. He takes a tragic turn, but it’s a little more light-hearted than the last one...This one he has a daughter and a wife and he’s trying to keep all that together. A lot more people can probably relate to this one than the last one."


While "Anicca" was a sad singer-songwriter kind of album with lots of piano and strings, "Anatta" is more guitar driven with anxious, wailing slide guitar, and electrifying solos by Kyle Shriver.


"He kind of saved my lead guitar playing from being heard fully," Bible said with a laugh. "He thinks about his leads very well, while I just play off the cuff."


Besides going for a different sound on this record, Bible also had to change his approach to production. For the most part, the pandemic forced Bible to isolate himself in his home studio and work remotely with his collaborators.


"The first one I had people over and I had a setting where I had a studio with five or six people in here at any given point, trying to engineer and also be creative, and that’s a very different world," Bible explained. "That one was very songwriting based, this one was started with riffs and the drums, and working up from there."


"Anatta" receives a big boost from vocal contributions by Anna Chandler (Coeds, Lovely Locks). Her backing vocals and duets with Bible add extra heartache to Bible’s gravelly, hard-living voice.


"It was fun to work remotely, actually," said Bible. "It was interesting to work with Anna in South Carolina and just send her vocals. I didn’t give her any directions really, just do whatever she feels like are her strong points with her voice, and she did and sent it back and it was magic."


After seven months of crafting "Anatta", Bible is pleased with the final results. In fact, while driving home from a farm gig the other night, Bible re-listened to his previous record and marveled at how different it is from his latest work.


"I listened through the ’Anicca’ record and thumbed through some of the tracks...totally different," said Bible. "That’s kind of the fun of it, really trying intentionally not to repeat myself in anyway artistically from here on out."


Although Bible has been performing several private solo gigs lately, he hopes to eventually have an album release show with a full six or seven piece band featuring Chandler, Williams, and Shriver, but that won’t be possible until restrictions are lifted and it is possible to fill up a larger venue. In the meantime he will continue with his "music therapy" and begin work on the final part of his trilogy, "Dukkha."


"It’s going to be about a girl getting out of treatment and she’s trying to navigate the different ways to keep on the path and it’s going to be all the stuff that’s funny that happens," said Bible.


"A lot of people think it’s all going to be hopeful and it’s going to be a shiny, happy day because you’re not ingesting this or that, and she finds out quickly that it’s not that. Some personal experience will be in this one more so than the last two, for sure."


Bible expects "Dukkha" to be a Big Star-stlyle pop record.


"It’s going to sound so happy you’ll want to throw up," said Bible.


"We’re going to start the third one now, while things are the way they are with playing shows. I’m not anticipating playing this one live, really, until whenever. We’re just going to keep making records. That’s my goal."


"Anatta" the album and audiobook will be released October 22 on Bandcamp and streaming services, with physical releases (CD, cassette, vinyl) expected to be available soon after.