Walt Cronin's release of California I Gotta Run in 2010 followed 2005's "The Gousters" which was on Roots Music Report's Folk charts 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 coming of age in the sixties. As an artist, Walt came into his own as a singer-songwriter at the tender age of 50 collaborating with Zander Schloss an actor-musician who has written with Joe Strummer and Scott Weiland. Walt worked with Zander on '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 in Vietnam.
Walt Cronin is back in 2013 with an expressive batch of new songs written from his eclectic and insightful glimpses into the human condition. Walt’s new CD: “Gone So Long,” is his latest collaboration with friend and musician Martin Beal. “ Gone So Long,” is a collection of 12 songs that express a longing for all things past and hope for all things future.
Walt’ newest CD’ s eclectic style covers Folk, Country and Americana with rock overtones. Martin’s amazing array of musicality and arrangements combined with Walt’s lyrical strengths and songwriting skills have created a powerful and embracing album. As always, Walt’s lyrical phrasings evoke pictures and stories that stretch the imagination while grounding you in the human condition.
Released initially as an internet radio album, this new CD will be available on both terrestrial and internet medias . His diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress from his stint as a medic in the Vietnam war prevents Walt from performing but his lyrical style is described here by Brenda Barbee, Staff Reviewer of Roots Music Report. “But 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.”
Though a late runner in the songwriting styles he emulates such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson 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. Perhaps these songs can be listened to in the key of insight.
Release Date: January 2013
Quote: "These are tender and introspective songs with the kind of realness and authenticity that is becoming quite rare."
By Beeb Ashcroft Indie-Music
Review By Bruce Greenberg The Promise Live
Walt Cronin & Martin Beal - Gone So Long
In an era where besting your earlier releases is rare, Walt Cronin just keeps getting better and better. He still has that plain voice that reminds you of a smoother Kris Kristofferson, but his songwriting continues to improve. Joined by Martin Beal on this album, the production is solid, the melodies are wonderful and the the lyrics ring true. This is the best Walt Cronin CD yet and highly recommended if you love Americana/Folk. You can find him on Facebook.