New York City-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Christman introduces his new single/lyrics video, “Already Blue,” a track presaging his upcoming album, Talking To The River.
Produced by Tony Conniff, “Already Blue” features the musical gifts of Fred Pratt (bass) and Robbie Kondor (keyboards), while the forthcoming album highlights not only Pratt and Kondor but also Karen Lloyd and Larry Saltzman.
A breakup song, “Already Blue” shifts the normal perspective of looking back at an unsuccessful relationship to Christman looking ahead, anticipating the end of his current relationship, convinced the woman he’s with will ultimately leave him.
“Already Blue” sees Christman venturing into alt-country, deviating from his usual alt-rock style.
A found member of, and songwriter for, the powerhouse Rochester, NY-based band Delroy Rebop, which shared the stage with The Motels, The Rockets, and Blotto, Christman took a hiatus from performing to pursue a career in media and raise his daughter.
Christman returned to music a few years ago. In 2021, he composed and performed the soundtrack for PBS’s film, Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, which was directed by Jonathan Silver.
“Already Blue” opens on a low-slung, gleaming acoustic guitar accompanied by soft keyboards. Riding a gentle, nuanced rhythm, the tune conjures up suggestions of Bob Dylan crossed with John Mellencamp, only smoother and with a subdued, alluring vibrancy.
Christman’s evocative vocals imbue the lyrics with expectant flavors tinted with melancholy.
“You’re a little too smart, little too sharp / A little too sweet, a little too wise / And when you see that you can do better / Then you’ll push me to one side / And that’s why I’m blue / I’m already blue / I’m already blue for you.”
Drenched in the arithmetic of self-reckoning, with “Already Blue.” Dave Christman offers a unique perspective on getting your heart broken.
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