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When Mills first moved to Los Angeles from his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, he found himself going through the motions. Steeped in the rich history and sounds of nearby Nashville, the artist struggled with finding his voice in sessions. “The songs I was making were good, but I just couldn’t nail down the production,” he says. “They didn’t feel timeless, and they didn’t feel like me.” But then he stumbled upon Laurel Canyon, L.A.’s countercultural hotspot for decades (the musical birthplace of West Coast icons like Joni Mitchell and Brian Wilson, and more recently acts like Father John Misty), and suddenly found inspiration in the legends and lore contained in its tapestries. “I was lost musically for a while…