Award-winning songwriter Daryl Mosley's third solo album, A LIFE WELL LIVED (Pinecastle Records) is an 11-song collection that offers reflections on family, faith, and friendship. The album is set for a July 21 release and fans can pre-save now.
Mosley explains, "I try to transport the listener to the good ol' days, capturing the past and present and including attributes like hard work, kindness, sacrifice, and love. I believe we could use more of those things in today's world." T
A LIFE WELL LIVED was produced by Mosley and The Grascals' Danny Roberts. Superb musicianship is on display, with Mosley on bass throughout, and Roberts' usual premiere mandolin work shining on every tune. They were joined by Tony Wray (guitar, banjo), Adam Haynes (fiddle) and various special guest background vocalists.
The compilation is an ode to the best of humankind. Highlights are abundant and include the title track, which received extensive Bluegrass radio airplay when released earlier this year. "Big God" (featuring Ronnie Booth of the award-winning The Booth Brothers) was issued exclusively to Gospel outlets and reached the #1 spot on that genre's chart in April. The mid-tempo "Walking Man" touches on the impact of several men who stood up for what they believed in, including John L. Mays (a resident of Daryl's hometown), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus. Mosley's father inspired the heartfelt "Working Man's Prayer," which features a bit of gravel in Daryl's usually honeyed vocals. Add in Roberts' haunting mandolin, some piercing fiddle, and background vocals by three-time SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year Jeanette Williams and the track - that honors workers everywhere - becomes something truly special.
Additionally, "We Need More Of That" is a bright and upbeat track that embraces the simple joys of life - lightning bugs in mason jars, swimming holes, and friends dropping by - brightened by crisp banjo work and wrapped in the magic of the intertwined voices of Mosley, Riley Dotson, and IBMA awarding-winning vocalist Jaelee Roberts. Mosley always includes a love song on his projects, and "Nobody But Her" is a wonderful addition to his repertoire as a man admits how challenging he can be and acknowledges that only one woman could love him. "Hillbilly Graham" is an upbeat offering on a tune Mosley wrote - and that The Farm Hands took to #1. The disc closes with Daryl's version of "Thankful," a Top 10 hit for The Grascals in 2021.
The album's next single release, "Mayberry State Of Mind," is available to all DSPs and via AirPlay Direct. "It's about turning loose of the stresses and chaos of modern living and embracing a simpler approach to life," Daryl notes. "Those of us who are fans of The Andy Griffith Show know that Mayberry isn't a place as much as it's a state of mind."
A LIFE WELL LIVED (D. Mosley, R. Lang)
BACK WHEN WE WERE BOYS (D. Mosley, R. Lang)
WALKING MAN (D. Mosley)BIG GOD (D. Mosley)
MAYBERRY STATE OF MIND (D. Mosley, R. Lang)
WORKING MAN'S PRAYER (D. Mosley)
WE NEED MORE OF THAT (D. Mosley)
THE BIBLE IN THE DRAWER (D. Mosley)
NOBODY BUT HER (D. Mosley)
HILLBILLY GRAHAM (D. Mosley)
THANKFUL (D. Mosley, R. Lang)
A LIFE WELL LIVED was recorded at The Gorilla's Nest in Ashland City, TN and engineered by Chris Latham.