Crowder returns with new album showcasing his roots

Ella Burge

On Sept. 23, Texas-grown artist David Crowder, known in the music world as “Crowder,” released his second solo album, “American Prodigal.”

Crowder decided to derive the new album from his roots. He sat on his porch in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown, looking toward the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill where country music was reportedly born.

Mix that history with Texas, and you’ll get a folky, banjo-inclusive, deep gospel sound. Add in Crowder’s 80’s background and you end up with “Folktronica,” as he describes it.

“American Prodigal,” aptly named after Crowder’s American heritage and the parable of the Prodigal Son, has a sound so vast, it’s irresistable.

The first track off the album, “American Intro,” is stripped-down and simple. It’s four lines with the repetition of “come on, hallelujah” sung slowly and deeply atop a piano–and only a piano. It’s a mesmerizing song that’ll give you chills right off the bat.

Next up is “Run Devil Run.” It’s a catchy, upbeat track composed of guitar riffs and distorted vocals. I can almost imagine NEEDTOBREATHE’s Bear Rinehart performing this song right along with those off his album “H A R D L O V E.”

A more subdued version of Crowder’s hit “My Victory,” originally recorded with Passion City Church’s band on their album “Salvation’s Tide is Rising,” is featured on the album as well. The track is less computerized than the original, featuring raw instruments and vocals. “A cross meant to kill is my victory,” Crowder sings and it’s truly beautiful.

cowder Atlanta’s gospel roots are seamlessly added to the album with “All My Hope.” The song still features Crowder’s southern-rugged voice along with a classic gospel sound. The same gospel gold is married with Irish folk on “Keep Me.”

Crowder’s Texan roots are not forgotten, though. “Shepherd” is banjo driven as Crowder sings his rendition of Psalm 23.

The “tronica” in “Folktronica,” makes its appearance in “Great Rejoicing.” The intro, repeated throughout, is reminiscent of M83 and rounds out Crowder’s roots well.

The variety of music found on Crowder’s soon-to-be chart topper, “American Prodigal,” is an intimate look into Crowder’s roots, his background and his faith.