‘Texas Winds‘ is a road song – inspired by the I-10 that let Laith get out to play gigs and back home again afterwards, as he explains it the song “derived from all the times I’ve traveled from *insert random U.S. city* back to family in South Texas. I started writing this song on a tour back in 2020 that started in New Orleans & ended up in the Pacific Northwest. I wanted it to sound like the haunted I-10 through West Texas. Leaving long nights and good times behind while knowing something is waiting on the coast that keeps me coming back. I still don’t know what that is.”
It’s clearly something special to him though – despite initially growing up in a close-knit community Houston way, by the time high school rolled around his parents had moved the family to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, but the boredom of small town Colorado and isolation from his community left Laith longing for the richness of his early years. Eventually, he left Colorado and moved to Olympia before landing in Portland with a head full of songs built on years of learning the music of the likes of Lightning Hopkins, Gram Parsons, and Bob Dylan.
Laith’s debut album ‘Lightning‘ will be released on the ever reliable Fluff And Gravy on June 9th.
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