Drayton Farley Twenty On High
Release Date: March 3, 2023
Alabama native Drayton Farley has as honest a voice as you're likely to hear in this burgeoning scene of country, folk, roots, and Americana music we're all wrapped up in. Twenty On High is his lastest gem.
Reflecting on the album, Drayton Farley shares, “My new album, Twenty on High will serve as my breakout record and I believe these ten new songs to be my absolute best work yet. This album will be my first ever full band release. The goal was to keep the songs honest and true and their stories at the forefront. To have the music serve the song but still make a record that would stand the test of time. I believe that’s exactly what we’ve done here and I couldn’t be prouder.”
In addition to Farley on acoustic guitar and vocals, the record features special guest vocals by Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield on the song, “The Alabama Moon” as well as Sadler Vaden (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keys, and vocals), Chad Gamble (drums and percussion), Jimbo Hart (bass), Peter Levin (piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer and synths) and Kristin Weber (fiddle).
With songs and lyrics pulled from real life experience, there's a grounded feeling to Farley's stories, a confessional quality that rings true to those who know. His voice fills the room like cigarette smoke, curling into every corner of you, with a fine grit rasp that smooths out every rough edge. It lingers hours, days, after you've left the bar - turns of phrase that tumble around your mind, bittersweet and familiar. He sings as deeply about the love he holds as the love he's lost and there's something so broken-in and comfortable about that Southern inflection that every song feels like coming home. Sharing stages with musicians on the rise such as Zach Bryan, Arlo McKinley and Mike and the Moonpies, Drayton has quickly gained a loyal fan base.
Farley will join Willie Nelson, 49 Winchester and Lukas Nelson & POTR on the road this year, and will also perform full-band album release shows at Lexington’s The Burl and Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley and will perform at Under The Big Sky Festival in July.