“Lyrics right for the times, but it’s the guitarist’s fleet-fingered leads that put this one over the top.” – Rolling Stone
Young Heart, Old Soul, the upcoming third album from roots-rock singer/songwriter Szlachetka, unfolds like the soundtrack to a cross-country road trip. Filled with heartland hooks, folk melodies, and searing electric guitar, these songs draw a line between Los Angeles — where Szlachetka lived for years, soaking up the warm harmonies and jangling riffs of the city’s folk-rock icons — and his new home in Nashville, TN, the epicenter of modern-day Americana.
For the past half-decade, he’s been building his audience show-by-show, touring for more than 200 days a year while earning praise from outlets like Rolling Stone Country, who hailed his catalog of “road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads.” Young Heart, Old Soul finds him in transit once again, writing songs about a country torn apart by politics yet united by a common spirit. Produced by Scott Underwood, the Grammy-winning co-founder of Train, and largely recorded at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios, Young Heart, Old Soul offers its own version of amplified Americana music. Unlike the two albums that came before it, though, Young Heart, Old Soul is also a record about home — the homes we leave behind, the homes we temporarily visit, and the homes we build with others. Maybe that’s why these 11 songs feel so grounded. After all, Szlachetka — whose self-made success includes high-profile shows alongside Brandi Carlile, Mike Campbell, and Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks; regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio; and his own DittyTV program, Vinyl Recipes, which combines his love for music, cooking, and cocktails — isn’t running anymore. Instead, he’s finally arrived.
Nashville Artist and Songwriter, Sarah Aili, has built a career upon her ability to multitask, bridging the gap between different disciplines — especially the worlds of music and theater — along the way. She’s a creator of scripts, stories, and songs, often juggling multiple projects at once. She embraces the full spread of her influences with her newest EP, Say Your Goodbyes Now, shining a light not only upon her mix of Americana, Jazz, and Classic Pop music, but also the ways in which her artistic interests intersect.
Aili’s newest recording is the latest chapter in her ongoing artistic story. It’s a story that continues to unfold with each new project including a current role in the World Premier of Ahrens & Flaherty’s new musical, KNOXVILLE, directed by Frank Galati at Asolo Repertory Theatre, an upcoming music & storytelling project with Radney Foster and two new singles set to release this year! For Aili, these projects represent different sides of the same artist — an artist who’s happy to embrace all of her creative interests under the same umbrella.