We often hear of writers setting out to pen the “great American novel” as an ode to an epoch of history to which they can speak at length. By the same token, Emerson Hart assembled a sonic version of this in the form of his third full-length titled 32 Thousand Days out December 13, 2019 – CLICK HERE to pre-order the album. Hart’s upcoming album tells the great American story of his 90-year-old stepfather (Arthur) who is a New York City native, lied about his age to join the merchant marines at 16-years-old and fought bravely in World War II. Hart takes the listener on a journey by examining the myriad of Arthur’s experiences during his life as well as his own.
“He’s a big reason for my career in music,” says the Nashville-based singer and songwriter. “When I was a teenager, he gave me a lot of freedom. At times when he should’ve been having a talk with me, he’d just give me twenty bucks and say, ‘Go buy some music’– and I would. He knew when to let me find myself. That persistence carried me through my career and so this album is inspired by his 90 years of living and what that might look like if I try to look through his lens.”