Walt Cronin's release of California I Gotta Run in 2010, followed 2005's "The Gousters" which was on Roots Music Report's Folkcharts for 60 weeks. "California I Gotta Run,"was listed in the top twenty country albums of 2010 by Any Major Dude With Half A Heart. It also peaked at # 2 on Roots /Americana Country Internet Airplay Chart in October of the same year.
As with the previous records, California I Gotta Run featured a spectrum of Americana/folk influences from his influences
of the sixties.
As an artist, Walt came into his own at the tender age of 50 working with Zander Schloss an actor-musician who has written with Joe Strummer and Scott Weiland on the album 'The Gousters" which 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 as a medic in Vietnam.
Walt Cronin is back with an expressive batch of new songs written from his eclectic and insightful glimpses into the human condition. WaltвЂ™s new CD: вЂњGone So Long,вЂќ is WaltвЂ™s latest collaboration with friend and musician Martin Beal.вЂњ Gone So Long,вЂќ is a batch of 12 songs that express a longing for all things past and hope for all things future.
Written in WaltвЂ™s eclectic style covering Folk, Country and Americana with Rock overtones. MartinвЂ™s amazing array of musicality and arrangements combined with WaltвЂ™s lyrical strengths and songwriting skills have created a powerful and embracing album. As always, WaltвЂ™s lyrical phrasings evoke pictures and stories that stretch the imagination while grounding you in the human condition.
Released as an internet radio album, this new CD will be available on both terrestrial and internet medias . His lyrical style is described here by Brenda Barbee, Staff Reviewer of Roots Music Report. вЂњBut there is a great deal more to their music than just great sound. Listen closely to the lyrics, for they reveal extraordinary songwriting talent.
Within those lyrics is a rich experiential content that could only be produced by one who has strong emotional ties to the theme.вЂќ
Though a late runner in the songwritingstyles he emulates such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristoffersen and Emmy Lou Harris to name only a few, Walt has strengthened his gifts immeasurably on this, his 4th release with the combined efforts of his friend, producer, arranger and musician Martin Beal of The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA.
Songs conveying strong components of our hopes staying alive in troubled times along
with his thoughtful glimpses into human emotions and a poignant song of a loved one lost inevitably in our singular paths in life.
Walt is currently collaborating with his producer and friend Martin Beal at The Racket Room in Buena Park, CA with all new songs in 2015.
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Title song from CD: Walt Cronin – California I Gotta Run © 2010 The Dream Of Returning to a Life of Rural Simplicity and Leaving Los Angeles, CA
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