Updated: May 8, 2019
LA bases soulful songstress/songwriter Christina LaRocca is set to release her upcoming album "These Are My Whiskey Dreams," July 12, 2019.
Christina brings a blend of Americana, alternative and soul to the table and on this album even includes a reggae-inspired song.
A Genre-Spanning Album From An Artist With Something To Say with guest producers Grammy Award winning Andros Rodriguez (Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Florence + the Machine) | Alex Arias (Cher, Santana, Joe Cocker) | Gene Micofsky (Composer, Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist) | Khalid Philipe AKA Lid (Republic Records/Interscope)
Originally from New York City, and now based in Los Angeles, Christina LaRocca grew up in an Italian family full of musicians and singers. While in NYC, she was an active blues and soul musician and since moving to LA in 2014 she has found her music influenced by the sounds of the Southwest. Her latest record, These Are My Whiskey Dreams... is a brilliantly crafted bridge between the two cities and blends heartfelt soul with her influences by an array of genres from alternative rock to Americana to reggae.
LaRocca’s inspired vocals unify the elements on These Are My Whiskey Dreams... and serve as a lodestar for her collection of guest producers. “I was able to work on this album with some truly incredible producers,” LaRocca explains. “It just kind of happened. I started working with Andros (Rodriguez), but then he had to go on the Shakira world tour and I wanted to continue recording. Alex Arias was reaching out and after talking for a bit, I agreed to do some songs with him. Gene (Micofsky) is my guitarist, but also a producer, so I said, ‘Why don’t you record one?’ It’s my first time working with Lid as well, who I met at a Grammy event. Some people may think that there are too many flavors on this album, but I feel it’s perfectly balanced and truly represents me as an artist. It keeps things interesting instead of hearing the same song again and again.”
The 8 songs of These Are My Whiskey Dreams... kick off with the western-tinged, “A Man Like You”, which will be released as a single on May 3rd. It’s a song that is based on the artist putting faith into a relationship and moving across the country for the commitment. “When working on it with Andros,” she remembers, “I felt he really got a sense of the road vibe. You feel like you are traveling the country when listening to the song.”
“Whiskey Dreams” is the oldest song on the record and the chorus is the title to the album. I’ve been performing it for some time, so it is cathartic to finally set it to tape. The song starts off sparse, but builds in a powerful way as LaRocca digs in soulfully on vocals singing, “You only say you love me / When you been drinkin’ /Whiskey and soda in your glass Man I’m sinkin’ / I do not make a sound / As you order another round / ‘cause… I like what I’m hearin’ / It takes two to play the game as I pretend to feel the same /But it’s wrong, so wrong and you know it”
LaRocca theorizes a whiskey dream as, “it’s not necessarily about being the one doing the drinking, but the alcohol is now part of the equation or relationship. You dream about happier days. Then you too, try to drink it away, you try to sleep, you try to forget, but your whiskey dreams keep you awake at night.” The album ends with another rocker that has a big vocal punch, “Breathe".
LaRocca is currently on "These Are My Whiskey Dreams" promo tour across the US and Europe.
THESE ARE MY WHISKEY DREAMS... PROMO TOUR
5/26 Paso Robles, CA - Sculpterra Winery, 2:20-3:05pm Free
5/27 Paso Robles, CA - Morro Bay Wine Seller Doors 6:30PM, 8PM Set Free
6/4 London, UK - Covent Garden
6/5 Southampton, UK - Sofar Sounds
6/6 Cardiff, UK - Sofar Sounds
6/7 London, UK - Sofar Sounds
6/9 Schattin, DE - Schattiner Kunst und Musikfreude Festival
6/11 Cologne, DE -Kulturcafe Lichtung
6/13 - Amsterdam, NH - Jitterbug Saloon
6/14 Paris, FR - Sofar Sounds
6/16 - Culemborg, NH - byANDRIES
6/20 - Berlin, DE - Thursday Live Series at be'kech
6/21 - Laatzen, DE - Festhalle Freundschaft SofaConcert
6/22 Thyrow Trebbin, Germany - JanzWeitDraußen
6/27 - Geisingen, Deutschland SofaConcert
6/29 - Volkmarode, Braunschweig SofaConcert
This post was last updated on May 8, 2019.