Walt

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Folk - Rock | Los Angeles, California, United States
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Walt Cronin California I Gotta R

Walt Cronin's release of California I Gotta Run, his third album, follows 2005's The

Gousters and 2008's somewhat redundantly titled Walt Cronin - The Gousters. As with

the previous records, California I Gotta Run features a spectrum of Americana/folk

influences: Walt proudly emulates the tradition of his heroes such as Pete Seeger, Bob

Dylan, The Byrds, John Prine and Steve Earle. As an artist, Walt came into his own at

the tender age of 50. A lifetime of experiences (including a stint as a medic during the

Vietnam War and a subsequent semi-nomadic life) provide ample inspiration for subject

matter in the numerous songs in his repertoire.

Walt spent over a year writing and crafting songs for California I Gotta Run before

bringing them to his producer, Martin Beal of The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA. Walt

and Martin spent several months on and off in the studio fine tuning and enhancing the

13 songs. Walt's goal was to reflect the sincerity of folk music history while placing the

songs in a contemporary setting. The collaborators achieved their aims with Martin

providing detailed arrangements and a fine editing ear while playing a myriad of

instruments (guitars, keyboards, bass, mandolin, melodica, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy,

percussion, as well as performing all drum programming).

The songs on the new album deal with a range of very personal, introspective issues,

some dark and troubled (relationships tainted by substance abuse), some benevolent

and almost fatherly (respectful, heartfelt advice to today's returning war veterans from

someone who has been there), some whimsical (a 1950s-flavored teenage love story).

Overall, the album is largely formed by the hope Walt has found by facing the persistent

demons from his wartime experience.

"Awake In A Dream" is an ethereal voyage of the mind and heart, soaring the listener

into an almost transcendental state. Walt's long time love for his wife shows in other

beautiful songs such as "Together We'll Be," and "Shining Through." "Angel Wings" is

inspired by his Grandfather's philosophy of life. "A Boy Of Purest Wonder" is the story of

a young man reaching for his dreams in a time long past. "California I Gotta Run" is

about fulfilling a dream of rural simplicity. All the songs, whether whimsical, heartfelt or

laced with grim regret, are woven with the care of Walt's quality story-telling and

songwriting and are beautifully arranged and produced with friend Martin Beal. Listeners

will be entranced listening to Walt's stories on California I Gotta Run.

"The success of my first CD, The Gousters, as an independent release was incredibly

gratifying." says Walt. Walt made all 13 songs on The Gousters available for free

downloading on www.thegousters.com. It has remained a favorite on the independent

folk radio circuit with songs such as "Make Me A Kinder Man" and "Only Eighteen", a

memoir of his time in Vietnam. The Gousters remained in the top 50 for 60 weeks on

Roots Music Report.

Walt's second album, Walt Cronin - The Gousters, garnered flattering reviews from

Beeb Ashcroft of Indie-music.com and Sharon Lunsford of The Back Porch News.

"Tender and introspective songs with the kind of realness and authenticity that is

becoming quite rare." said Ashcroft.

Walt's third independent release shows a significant growth in Walt's songwriting gifts.

" I think this is my best work yet, " quotes Walt. "I hope you'll feel the same," he adds.

Walt Cronin

Walt Cronin's release of California I Gotta Run, his third album, follows 2005's The

Gousters and 2008's somewhat redundantly titled Walt Cronin - The Gousters. As with

the previous records, California I Gotta Run features a spectrum of Americana/folk

influences: Walt proudly emulates the tradition of his heroes such as Pete Seeger, Bob

Dylan, The Byrds, John Prine and Steve Earle. As an artist, Walt came into his own at

the tender age of 50. A lifetime of experiences (including a stint as a medic during the

Vietnam War and a subsequent semi-nomadic life) provide ample inspiration for subject

matter in the numerous songs in his repertoire.

Walt spent over a year writing and crafting songs for California I Gotta Run before

bringing them to his producer, Martin Beal of The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA. Walt

and Martin spent several months on and off in the studio fine tuning and enhancing the

13 songs. Walt's goal was to reflect the sincerity of folk music history while placing the

songs in a contemporary setting. The collaborators achieved their aims with Martin

providing detailed arrangements and a fine editing ear while playing a myriad of

instruments (guitars, keyboards, bass, mandolin, melodica, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy,

percussion, as well as performing all drum programming).

The songs on the new album deal with a range of very personal, introspective issues,

some dark and troubled (relationships tainted by substance abuse), some benevolent

and almost fatherly (respectful, heartfelt advice to today's returning war veterans from

someone who has been there), some whimsical (a 1950s-flavored teenage love story).

Overall, the album is largely formed by the hope Walt has found by facing the persistent

demons from his wartime experience.

"Awake In A Dream" is an ethereal voyage of the mind and heart, soaring the listener

into an almost transcendental state. Walt's long time love for his wife shows in other

beautiful songs such as "Together We'll Be," and "Shining Through." "Angel Wings" is

inspired by his Grandfather's philosophy of life. "A Boy Of Purest Wonder" is the story of

a young man reaching for his dreams in a time long past. "California I Gotta Run" is

about fulfilling a dream of rural simplicity. All the songs, whether whimsical, heartfelt or

laced with grim regret, are woven with the care of Walt's quality story-telling and

songwriting and are beautifully arranged and produced with friend Martin Beal. Listeners

will be entranced listening to Walt's stories on California I Gotta Run.

"The success of my first CD, The Gousters, as an independent release was incredibly

gratifying." says Walt. Walt made all 13 songs on The Gousters available for free

downloading on www.thegousters.com. It has remained a favorite on the independent

folk radio circuit with songs such as "Make Me A Kinder Man" and "Only Eighteen", a

memoir of his time in Vietnam. The Gousters remained in the top 50 for 60 weeks on

Roots Music Report.

Walt's second album, Walt Cronin - The Gousters, garnered flattering reviews from

Beeb Ashcroft of Indie-music.com and Sharon Lunsford of The Back Porch News.

"Tender and introspective songs with the kind of realness and authenticity that is

becoming quite rare." said Ashcroft.

Walt's third independent release shows a significant growth in Walt's songwriting gifts.

" I think this is my best work yet, " quotes Walt. "I hope you'll feel the same," he adds.

Reviewed By Indie-Muisc

Quote: "Tender and introspective songs with the kind of realness and authenticity that is becoming quite rare."

An engaging collection of folk rock tunes, Walt Cronin's The Gousters is a homespun and charming effort. Warm,
earthy sounds envelope the listener as Cronin delivers work that is solidly written with a compelling sincerity. Many of these songs are about war, often sounding like the contemporary answer to the folk protest songs of 1960s artists like Pete Seeger.

Penned by Vietnam veteran Cronin in relation to his personal experiences, the themes of his music still resonate in today's world. "Flowers In Her Hand" is the story of a young war widow, while "The Rift" narrates Cronin's own inner struggles dealing with his experiences as a Navy Corpsman. Regardless of the listener's personal views, we all acknowledge the human sacrifice that war entails. While there are obviously political themes on here, for the most part these are intimate, personal recollections based on his own life.

The sweet, almost naive sensibilities of the music is juxtaposed to the stories Cronin tells about the aftermath of war; this sad contrast evokes a feeling of innocence lost. But Cronin's underlying optimism and hope is a thread throughout the album - and this is ultimately a story of healing, and of love prevailing. And love does prevail: "You Are The Light" is a gentle, romantic ballad that ends the album on an uplifting note.

These are tender and introspective songs with the kind of realness and authenticity that is becoming quite rare. Cronin shows his craftsmanship for twangy, down-home rock on cuts such as "Like A Day Like Today" and "The Rift," my two favorite cuts from this record. Cronin has a lot of stories to tell, and I will look forward to hearing more of them in the future.
By Bebe Ashcroft