Influenced by Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young with the texture of Michael Hurley, Chris Catalena has lived a life of struggle, genuine love and boundless hard work and growth. After serving almost four years in prison for selling LSD to an undercover cop during the mandatory sentencing craze of the 90’s, he dedicated his life to music and began searching for his voice.
Catalena’s self-titled solo debut will be released November 1 via Spaceflight Records, owned/run by Jack White’s live sound engineer Brett Orrison. Working with producer Kyle Mullarky and musician Nate Ryan in Topanga Canyon, the record offers exuberant guitar, punchy percussion and intimately crafted storytelling.
Today, Catalena shares the single off of his upcoming release “Fool.” Offering a breezy, soft jaunt throughout, the single highlights Catalena’s old county sensibilities in today’s modern world. It allows us to kick back and soak in is a homage to the classic saloon’s music selections.
“It’s hard to know if Time is playing You, or if You are playing with Time,” Catalena says in regards to “Fool.” “There is a bliss in letting go and surrendering the bad that comes your way into laughter and self-reflection. Releasing the bad into the sound of the laughter you’ll get knowing that the wheel keeps spinning for the good and the bad, so you might as well get your ass back on the horse and ride! Wrote this one while living on a horse ranch, knee-deep in Dan Penn and Doug Sahm country soul songs.”