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David Haerle (from the album El Camino Sierra on available on Ederdale Records) (by Lee Zimmerman)
With his third album, El Camino Sierra, LA -based singer/songwriter David Haerle makes an emphatic impression courtesy of a series of songs that resonate through shared messages about the experiences and encounters that often impact everyday life. Named for the historic Highway 395 that traverses California’s Owens Valley, a place sacred to the area’s indigenous people, it’s the follow up to the similarly inspired Death Valley, one which finds Haerle recounting the anecdotes and episodes that have shaped his outlook while coming of age in this American era.
These are tender tales, all shared with the reverence and reflection that accompany a life well-lived.
The culmination of a recording career begun little more than a decade ago, and a love for making music that found him onstage at the Grand Ole’ Opry at age nine, delving deeply into making music at age 13, and eventually taking over the family business, that of CMH Records, at only 24, the new album embodies the love has David Haerle for all that Americana culture implies. That’s apparent in the mellow repast of “Sunday Morning”, “All That Will Never Be”, and “Days in the Sun” as well as in a driving and decisive spate of songs that includes “California Here We Come”, “Electric Trucker”, “Countdown I Got Liftoff”, “Hey Paul”, and “True Liberty”. All are narratives shared from a personal perspective, allowing each of these offerings to convey a sense of gratitude, exuberance and enthusiasm.
That makes this an affecting encounter from the first track to the last. It is indeed a genuinely celebratory set of songs, one that’s typified by this verse from the aforementioned “Countdown I Got Liftoff”:
‘Last night I had a dream I was on a record label
It was CMH in Silver Lakes, they had some pretty big names in the stable…
I can already see the deejay spinning my record on his turntable…’
So too, David Haerle’s gratitude and fascination with all things near and dear is apparent throughout, and that’s what makes this album such a supremely exuberant encounter. He paints his melodies with broad stokes, all but ensuring that emphatic impression. Give David Haerle credit for what well may be the break-out bonanza of this young year so far, one that ought to provide a reminder of why listening to music can be so satisfying to begin with. Ultimately then, El Camino Sierra shares a journey well worth taking.
(By Lee Zimmerman)
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