The year of Jonathan Peyton has begun.
We got news the Georgia native has been working with Sadler Vaden, guitarist for Jason Isbell and producer of Morgan Wade’s Reckless, on an album that will be released some point this year, and today we got to hear the first taste of what that’s going to sound like.
Spoiler alert: It’s freaking great.
We’d heard “Denial” previously when he and his wife Abigail played it in the snowy Red Rocks parking lot before the infamous All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster Zach Bryan live album was recorded, and now we get to hear it in its full studio version glory.
The songwriting still gets me every time, telling a tragic story of a woman refusing to accept bad news, holding onto hope that sure looks like denial.
“Probably sitting on your front porch
Rocking yourself to sleep
It’s the middle of the afternoon
All is well so it seems
Started baking cornbread, just like yesterday
She swept your dirt under the rug but the ends they started to fray
What you call faith, sure looks like denial
Praying next to his bed
He was fading all the while
Begging for resurrection, a holy ghost revival
What you call faith, sure looks like denial”
Keep your ears and eyes open, ladies and gents.
Jonathan Peyton is going places.