David Halley

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"He can mine the depths of despair in ways that make Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club sound like Debbie Gibson, and then zero in on the center of the heart like only Townes Van Zandt and very few others ever got to."
-Bill Bentley, Bentley's Bandstand, Morton Report

"This record completes David Halley's trilogy of wistfully perfect, airy and hyper-personal albums that detail the detours and obstacles standing between the artist and destiny. With a voice that's both life-weary and tentative, David Halley's purity of heart stands tall like a mirage on the landscape."
-William Connolly

David Halley arrives with a new album of poignant investigations into the human experience. The songwriting prowess that garnered him accolades from media critics and his musical peers has grown  since his last album, 1994's Stray Dog Talk. Country, Folk and Rock coalesce as David captivates the heart, taking us into a foreign yet familiar place where a tangled mess of heartbreak meets beauty with his latest album A Month of Somedays.

David held on to the phrase, A Month of Somedays for its poetic intrigue, a potential title that didn't find it's meaning until the death of a close friend gave it one: it became a metaphor for death's absoluteness. While pain and uncertainty are present on the album a hopeful fearlessness permeates his words. David traces the indentions and odd curves of old scars with sweeping grace; wounds that may have once screamed with regret or longing have developed into spiritually sobering self-reflections.

The Lubbock raised songwriter found a welcome place amongst Austin's community of country and folk artists in the early 80's, playing guitar for The Gonzo Survivors, Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock while developing his own sound. In 1983 he performed "Rain Just Falls" on Austin City Limits' "A West Texas Songwriter's Special," a show that featured Butch Hancock, Townes Van Zandt, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. The song was later recognized in American Songwriter magazine in 2010 with the article "50 Country Songs Every Songwriter Should Know" as #18 on the list. David's song "Hard Livin'" has been covered by Joe Ely and recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, Keith Whitley (as a Top Ten Country Hit), The Nighthawks and many others. "Rain Just Falls" has been recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmie Dale, Eric Brace and Peter CooperBetty Soo, and The Pine Hill Project (Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell.)

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A Month of Somedays was produced by Will Sexton and recorded at EAR by James Stevens. Additional recording took place at Stickhorse Sound. The CD was mixed by J.D. Foster at Stickhorse Sound with additional mixing by Rich Brotherton and David Halley. The musicians on the CD include: David Halley (vocals, electric, acoustic and guitars, lap steel, mandolin), Will Sexton (bass, percussion, drums, backing vocals), Shawn Zorn (drums), Jon Greene (drums), Rich Brotherton (resonator guitar, hi-strung guitar), Darwin Smith (backing vocals, instrumental effects on Wash), Amy LaVere (upright bass on "A Month of Somedays") andBetty Soo (backing vocals).

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Cover Art by Sophia Halley
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