Music: Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato's songwriting will take him to the West again and again, given that his newest album, 'True Devotion', is a win for Barsuk Records, which released it in February. It's a semi-autobiographical Folk-centered collection. He plays the Southgat

Rocky Votolato's songwriting will take him to the West again and again, given that his newest album, True Devotion, is a win for Barsuk Records, which released it in February. It's a semi-autobiographical Folk-centered collection, one that basically says, "Hi, I'm Rocky, and this is a snapshot of my life during a three-year hiatus."

What do we find on the new record? In a way, a poet wielding an acoustic guitar, his warm storytelling lifted by an innocuous trifecta of drums, keys and strings.

"It's more of a concept album than anything I've ever done, in that it's a story," Votolato says. "It's a real narrative about someone who's lost — extremely lost — and confused in the beginning of the album and then moving through some of those issues."

He plays the Southgate House Thursday with Brooke Waggoner. Read Rich Shivener's interview with Votolato and get show details here.

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