Wednesday, April 21, 2021
– Brock Gonyea, who sounds like he should have been releasing music about 60 years ago, will release his major label debut this Friday, Big Machine Label Group announced today.
The New York native, who's all of 25, will put out "Where My Heart Is," this Friday.
Gonyea, who grew up listening to "Frauhlein," "You Win Again," "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" and "There Stands The Glass," was raised in a family of musicians.
"As much as I want to be reminiscent of those old records of my grandparents, I want to get to that sound without sounding like a novelty," Gonyea said. "With my voice, I come by the vibrato honestly. That's what I was exposed to when I was younger, so that's what I soaked up as a kid. This music comes from the inside out, and all of the players I recorded with for this project understood that."
Among the songs on the five-song EP is an unrecorded Mel Tillis/Webb Pierce song: "All Night Long."
"I didn't even know there were unreleased catalogues," said Gonyea. "But the idea I could perform a song by one of my heroes? My father used to sing 'There Stands The Glass,' and say, 'Your grandfather used to sing that song.' Now I'm getting to sing a song by that artist? I couldn't ask for anything more than that."
Producer Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Insane Clown Posse, Fastball, Cheap Trick) assembled a core band of Time Jumpers steelmaster and Musicians Hall of Famer Paul Franklin, upright bassist Glenn Whorf, Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the Year Tom Bukovac and arranger/keyboardist Tim Lauer to play on the release.
"My music teacher told me, 'Some of your lyrical content is a little beyond your years...' So I got that feedback early, and I learned: I didn't show my lyrics to her anymore. I'd show my friends and play some of the songs out, and that was plenty, because I knew this was what I should be doing."