One of my parameters for characterizing an artist as a favorite is how well I can relate to the vast majority of what they write. Any artist that can put to music something I’ve thought and felt is going to be my guy. Erik Dylan continues to do just that with his most recent album ‘Baseball on the Moon’, giving us more of his poignant every-man lyrics and shattered-mirror reflection of the Norman Rockwell life.
Erik’s 2016 album ‘Heart of a Flatland Boy’ still gets regular play in my truck, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard he had a new album coming out; with ‘Baseball on the Moon’ he continues carving out his niche as the working Joe’s songwriter. My using the term “More of the same” is a huge compliment to this album, Erik’s writing continues to be relatable and transparent without being cliché. He’s always one of my first recommendations when a country fan tells me they want something new and different; I know that his music will come across as approachable and easily enjoyed by anyone.
On this album I was pleasantly surprised to see him include his song “Comeback Kid”, which was previously recorded by his buddy Kip Moore. This song is a favorite of mine and exactly the reason I consider Erik to be such a great songwriter, he tells a story that we all have either lived or can relate to. Imperfection is a part of life; it’s what makes us unique.
As a dad I’m a sucker for a song written for a son, so I love the song “Baseball on the Moon”, rounded out nicely by the distinct vocals of Luke Combs. I find myself a bit jealous that I am unable to produce a song like that for my own boy, but thrilled that he managed to put all my own thoughts into a song for me. “Color Blind” is another that, even if not written directly to his boy, gives us a message that can easily be translated to fatherly advice.
Throughout the album we are treated to songs about life; some angsty (“Touchdown Town”), some a bit dark (“13th Floor”), and many are simply a snapshot of the journey (“Funerals & Football Games”, “When They Take Your Truck”). There are also some timely topics covered in songs like “Color Blind” and “Honest Work”; I commend Erik for tackling these subjects without aggression.
While the album dances back and fourth between rock vibes and country tones, “13th Floor” is different and my hands-down favorite on the album; everything about this song fits perfectly together, creating a haunting view of the clockwork of the grief-stricken mind.
I think many will find this album to be a well-rounded view of our own lives. reminding us that it may not always work as planned, but we persevere and life goes on.
Find out more about Erik on his website and Facebook