It didn’t take much time for Drayton Farley to get back in the saddle, continuing a busy 2023 with the release of his latest EP Kudzu Wild.
Back in March, Farley released his highly anticipated third record Twenty on High, featuring 10 tracks penned by Farley, played by the full band, and produced by legendary guitarist and up and coming producer Sadler Vaden. Easily a top 5 album of the year thus far, in my opinion, Twenty on High exceeded already lofty expectations and was released at the perfect time as Farley’s music continues to blow up and reach new listeners.
Keeping the momentum going from heavy streaming and the Twenty on High album release, Farley teamed up with OurVinyl in April to release his OurVinyl Sessions featuring intimate, stripped back versions of four Twenty on High songs. Farley stayed plenty busy through the summer, with a jam packed touring schedule that featured headlining shows across the countries at venues that seemingly get bigger with each show, several big festivals, and opening slots for some of the genre’s biggest names like Whiskey Myers, Charles Wesley Godwin, and Charley Crockett.
Nevertheless, Farley found time to get back in the studio and cut five more tracks included on his brand new acoustic EP Kudzu Wild, a project that hearkens back sonically to Farley’s 2021 breakthrough record A Hard Up Life and is highlighted by some of Farley’s most impressive lyricism and storytelling yet. He took to Instagram a week before the release to provide some more context on his latest project.
“I recorded the Kudzu Wild EP in my hotel room while on tour in Edmonton, Alberta. The same way I did all those original songs that got me to where I am today. Five brand new songs, all acoustic.
I hope these songs might be valuable to someone in some way. Maybe they’ll get some people through some things, maybe they’ll bring them closer to someone they love somehow.
I truly appreciate y’all for supporting my work and my songs. The support has granted me the opportunity to use my creative expressions as something more than just a means to an end for myself and family.
Thank you for letting me do things my way and take the unconventional route, I don’t take it for granted”