We’re only 11 days into 2023 and there may already be a front-runner for album of the year.
No, the album isn’t quite out yet, but upcoming Alabama artist Drayton Farley has announced his third album Twenty high appears in early March.
And this one seems to have what it takes to be something special.
Farley had a great 2022 releasing his well received album Go Home EP and continues to amass millions of streams of his previously released music. With the rapid spread of his music and an active touring schedule, Farley’s following has grown tremendously over the past year and he has finally begun to receive more of the recognition he deserves as an artist.
Farley carries that momentum into 2023 and is releasing this album at the perfect time. And his fans couldn’t be more excited.
Check out what Farley had to say about the album on Instagram today:
“We recorded Twenty on High over the course of five days last summer at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, TN, where I was fortunate enough to have my friend Sadler Vaden record the record, along with Matt Ross-Spag and Joe Trentacosti as engineers for Me produced and assistant engineer, with Richard Dodd handling all mastering.
It’s pretty well known by now that all my releases to date have been purely acoustic solo performances and to be honest they’ve mostly been demo style recordings I’ve made at home. It was an absolute pleasure to have Sadler Vaden, Jimbo Hart, Chad Gamble, Peter Levin and Kristin Weber lend their incredible skills to support me as a band in the studio for this album and to have my fellow Alabama native Katie Crutchfield ( Waxahatchee/Plains) sing with me on “The Alabama Moon”.
I also worked with the good folks at Thirty Tigers to release this new record on my own label, Hargrove Records. It took a long time and I’ve wanted to record a real studio album for a long time. I had to struggle a lot to get to the point where I could make something like this possible.
It was mainly all of you who believed in me and my songs, had a lot of great friends in my corner, a very small but powerful team behind me and a whole lot of hard work… but it’s finally here. I wanted to make this record something I can forever be proud of, I wanted to keep it honest and keep the song front and center to offer something true and genuine to the world.
Offer something that could stand the test of time and offer the world some of the better parts of me as a musician and songwriter.
As always, thank you for listening and supporting independent artists.”
Twenty high scheduled for release on March 3rd.
Without further ado, here’s the brand new music video for ‘Norfolk Blues’, the first single from Farley’s forthcoming album Twenty high.
I think it’s safe to say the album got off to a hot start. But if that’s not enough to convince you, just check out some of the references Farley points out in his Instagram post.
The album was recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, a recording studio used by some of the greatest and most successful country artists of all time – Keith Whitley, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, you name it. Don’t expect Farley to attempt some sort of crossover into Nashville’s mainstream country music machine, though.
In fact, this album seems to be just the opposite.
His first studio recording with a backing band, Farley, has assembled spectacular artists and a great artist on the record in Waxahatchie’s Katie Crutchfield. However, the highlight of the personal details he mentions is Sadler Vaden.
For those of you who don’t know Vaden, he was the longtime guitarist in one of Alabama’s greatest country music acts of all time, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. Additionally, Vaden was the producer of Morgan Wade’s groundbreaking 2021 album reckless that catapulted her to the forefront of the alternative country scene. Hopefully this means we could be close to making the same breakthrough for Farley.
If you don’t know Farley’s music yet, you have almost two months to change that beforehand Twenty high it has been published. A clever lyricist with a knack for storytelling and brutal honesty, Drayton Farley has one of the most underrated voices in music. And taken together, the combination of his songwriting and dynamic vocals is a force to be reckoned with.
Check out some of my favorite Drayton Farley songs below, and as he said on his Instagram post, keep listening and supporting independent artists like Farley.
“Pitchin’ fits” – A hard life (2021)
The Reaper – Hargrove & Sweet Southern Sadness – The Early Extended Plays (2020)
“No Good Reason” (2021)
Mark your calendar for March 3rd, Twenty high is not an album to miss!
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/11/drayton-farley-announces-first-full-production-studio-album-twenty-on-high/ Drayton Farley announces first full-produced studio album, Twenty On High