Denny Strickland is heading full throttle into Summer 2018 with some big things on tap, including a brand new single, ‘California Dreamin’ along with his first trip to perform overseas for fans in the UK. The song about the mesmerising powers of a West Coast girl who proves more than hard to forget is right in Denny’s wheelhouse as a self-professed romantic who wears his feelings on his chest. The title track of his latest album, he penned the song with Troy Johnson and Henry Jack Williams, and admits he finds himself almost getting lost in the feeling of it sometimes when he’s onstage performing it for the fans.
“’California Dreamin’ is one of those songs that paints a picture of a real place and a real feeling,” explains Denny about the new tune.” When I’m on stage I’m truly believing every word I’m singing and the world I’ve created through my music.”
Produced by Big & Rich producer Sean Giovanni, the song follows up Denny’s last single, ‘We Don’t Sleep,’ which racked up over half a million streams on Spotify and reached the Top Twenty on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart in 2017 and included an accompanying video which spent three weeks at No. 1 on CMT Music’s 12 Pack Countdown, with over 700,000 views to date on Youtube.
The Arkansas native with equal love for country and 80’s rock has opened for everyone from Maddie & Tae and the Kentucky Headhunters to Jamey Johnson and 3 Doors Down, and is excited to take his new music to the fans in 2018. Recently selected by Rolling Stone in October as one of the “Ten Artists You Need To Know,” Strickland describes his hybrid style and philosophy towards his music, saying “I’m very open-minded. Anytime someone wants to talk about the old school or the new school, I’m very intrigued, especially when I’m talking to other artists. I want to know what they’re passionate about, what drives them. Because I know what drives me. “There are so many interesting things out there with technology and the studio. But I love to tell stories. Country is known for that – that’s one genre where you can tell a story.”
Stay tuned for the latest chapter in Denny’s own story – there’s sure to be plenty to come for this talented young artist who leaves it all out on the stage night after night.
‘California Dreamin’ is out now, and Denny Strickland plays in the UK this June. More info at www.dennystrickland.com
(Support in Wolverhampton from Angels With Dirty Faces & Emma Swindells)