prodigal songs

by Derrick Hart

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"In 2002 Matt Beneventi & I started recording some of this material in Seattle, WA USA. I was addicted to drugs & alcohol for a long time, making very little progress as the next couple years went by. My songs were mostly pitiful junkie autobiographies about things like being up to my neck in hospital bills from nearly dying of drug overdoses a handful of times.
When 2005 arrived there wasn't much left of my life at all. I was homeless, in my own personal hell of full-blown addiction. My mother convinced me to go to a long term rehab at Denver Rescue Mission in Denver, CO USA. There I stayed for the next year & a half, slowly recovering from the damage done as my spirit began to awake. I wrote songs about my redemption & recorded them on a 4 track well into 2006 right there in the institution. 
It's a dream of mine that this record will be able to pass along a message of hope & to let anyone out there who needs it know that you are not alone." -Derrick Hart, 12/25/11

Cover art by David Shane Smith & Derrick Hart.
Guest musicians: Erika Kapin, Justin Wierbonski, & Joseph Burkins. Special thanks to the Seattle Drunken Choir. You know who you are. And thank you, Mom.


released December 25, 2011



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Derrick Hart Oswego, New York

Derrick Hart is a song writing troubadour born in Kansas, 1976. Obsessed with Antarctica's apex predator the leopard seal, he tours the U.S. performing original songs about the fantastic possibilities of life on this planet. Hart plays a kind of idiosyncratic experimental folk music that often exudes a timeless quality, yet clearly reflects the strange reality of life in post-bicentennial America. ... more

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