What’s in a name? A word associated with an identity, names have power. But just because you know someone’s name, doesn’t mean you know his or her story. For a songwriting storyteller like Louisville, Kentucky-based Andrew Shockley, who makes music under the moniker Delafaye, a name is a prime creative opportunity.
Following the release of four EPs, a string of successes which includes his debut show at his native Louisville’s legendary Headliners Music Hall and high profile supports for Cory Brannan, Blank Range, Arlie, and many others, Delafaye will unveil his new eponymous LP on August 23rd via Street Mission Records. Today, he shares his newest single “Gideon.”
“I saw the name written somewhere one day and my mind wandered. I found myself making up a story for him, based on a name,” he explains of his new single “Gideon.” “This story went on to form his character and turned in to a song I’m very fond of.”
Set against a rhythmically acoustic backdrop, Delafaye’s soulful grit takes center stage as he tells the tale. “Gideon’s my brother with a black leather jacket, whiskey for breakfast, don’t ask about lunch,” Delafaye sings, describing Gideon as a kind-hearted person with a Grim Reaper smile, a man hardened by life on a path to anywhere but here.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Gideon,” the new single from Delafaye: