Songwriter explores a transitionary time on new album, ‘Tucson’

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California-based songwriter Brad Colerick is touring in support of his album “Tucson.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been a while since Brad Colerick has been to Albuquerque.

In fact, it’s been about a decade.

“I did a little house concert out there last time,” he says during a recent phone interview.

Colerick is singer-songwriter based in California. His latest effort is called “Tucson,” which took him a couple of years to complete.

“For me, Tucson is not so much a place as a symbol, a state of mind,” he says. “My grandparents retired to Arizona from Nebraska; now my parents have followed in their footsteps. It’s a transitionary time in all of our lives. But I have this strange feeling that I’ve lost a point of reference, like I’ve just turned down an unfamiliar road.”

In recording the album, Colerick decided not to record in any of the studios in Los Angeles.

He instead chose to head to Raney Recording Studio in Drasco, Ark.

“What I like about this choice was that I was getting away from my life with all the distractions,” he says. “It gave me a chance to focus on what I was trying to do.”

Colerick wrote a little of the album in Arkansas.

While he was there, the scenery reminded him of growing up in Nebraska and having a laid-back way of life.

“It felt real nice to be out there,” he says. “I’ll always be a flatlander at heart. I love California and being part of the singer/songwriter community here, but I don’t think I’ll ever disconnect from that place where I come from. The geography and the people tend to seep into my songs and characters. That’s just who I am.”

“Tucson” is filled with songs that delve into the many choices Colerick has made in his career and life.

In “Blue Horizon,” he tells the story of friends drifting apart.

“This feels like a real storytelling period in my life,” he says. “I guess I’m coming to grips a little more with the fact that we’re all aging, and life is moving to a new phase.”

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