can help others. It's a noble undertaking and I give Corbin a huge amount of credit for laying his emotions out there on this album. So I thought it was an important message to amplify as we head into the holiday seasons where not everyone gets the joy of celebration as they face different emotional or financial challenges that prevent them from truly enjoying the holidays with friends and loved ones. Also, this isn't just about personal examination, if you know someone who may be down or letting the challenges of life get to them as we head into what is a tough time of year for many people, take the time to reach out and maybe you can be the difference in that person's life. Peace & Happy Thanksgiving!
Western Trauma album cover: to pair authentic imagery to the music, Corbin Dooley scoured his family photo archive, landing upon a picture he took of his mom, Jan Dooley, on their farm outside Collierville, Tennessee, in the mid 1980's. Feeling she wasn't "made up" enough to have her photo taken while training horses, Jan cast a sarcastic expression paired with a raised middle finger. “It was something she rarely did – and certainly never with me – so that made it extremely sarcastic. It was hilarious for both of us - and my dad belly laughed when he saw it!,” says Corbin. “I feel this photo epitomizes her strength of character, and gives clarity to the term "Western Trauma." We all have trauma; how do we cope – with love, or with hate? I choose love; and as much as my mom struggled, this photo signifies her journey, and mine, for this album.”
By Michael Parrish