Greg Loftus has been releasing music ever since his 2008 debut No Taking Prisoners Tonight. He developed his acoustic-driven, country sound while gigging relentlessly in the Massachusetts bar scene. After relocating to Austin in 2011, Loftus found new inspiration and formed the alt-country band, Carpetbagger, who would go on to share the stage with country heavyweights such as Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers) and Two Cow Garage. We will be taking a look at Loftus’ single When My Day Comes from his latest solo record, Western Medicine.
When My Day Comes is a deep dive into existentialism. It is a song, essentially, about accepting mortality and contains some beautiful sentiments – the refrain is built around the line “Come on baby won’t you help me get my boots on / Because I don’t want to be inside when my day comes”. The lyrics exude a sort of hard-won wisdom and this is embodied by Loftus and his characteristically gritty vocal style.
The song begins with a brilliant slide-guitar and harmonica motif that is repeated as a post-chorus hook. Piano, bass, and drums flesh out the rhythm section and bring some punch to the mid-tempo track. A soulful organ part enters the mix during the chorus, giving the song some nice movement. After an expressive slide-guitar solo, the band drops out during the third verse and re-enters dramatically for the final chorus.
When My Day Comes does everything that good country music should; it addresses the hard, painful realities of life while celebrating the good times. Loftus’ gift for songwriting is evident and he will be converting even more fans with this beautiful single of his.
BELOW: Listen to When My Day Comes and connect with his website and social media platforms. Please support Greg Loftus by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!
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