For the past half-decade, he’s been building his audience show-by-show, touring for more than 200 days a year while earning praise from outlets like Rolling Stone Country, who hailed his catalog of “road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads.” Young Heart, Old Soul finds him in transit once again, writing songs about a country torn apart by politics yet united by a common spirit. Produced by Scott Underwood, the Grammy-winning co-founder of Train, and largely recorded at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios, Young Heart, Old Soul offers its own version of amplified Americana music. Unlike the two albums that came before it, though, Young Heart, Old Soul is also a record about home — the homes we leave behind, the homes we temporarily visit, and the homes we build with others. Maybe that’s why these 11 songs feel so grounded. After all, Szlachetka — whose self-made success includes high-profile shows alongside Brandi Carlile, Mike Campbell, and Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks; regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio; and his own DittyTV program, Vinyl Recipes, which combines his love for music, cooking, and cocktails — isn’t running anymore. Instead, he’s finally arrived.
“Lyrics right for the times, but it’s the guitarist’s fleet-fingered leads that put this one over the top.” – Rolling Stone
“Driven by stirring acoustic fingerpicking, Old Soul preaches inclusivity and acceptance, and will have you longing to seek the communion of live music once again.”- Guitar World
“On “Old Soul,” Szlachetka’s lyrics zoom right in and capture the timeless, unchanging aspect of the countless gathering places across the country filled with old disco balls, lived in couches and the calloused hands of friendly husbands and wives who have seen it all and still greet you with a comforting, welcome smile.”- American Songwriter
“The spare beauty of these songs should accompany any road trip or any night in front of the fire at home” -No Depression
About Sarah Aili
Nashville Artist and Songwriter, Sarah Aili, has built a career upon her ability to multitask, bridging the gap between different disciplines — especially the worlds of music and theater — along the way. She’s a creator of scripts, stories, and songs, often juggling multiple projects at once. She embraces the full spread of her influences with her newest EP, Say Your Goodbyes Now, shining a light not only upon her mix of Americana, Jazz, and Classic Pop music, but also the ways in which her artistic interests intersect.
Aili’s newest recording is the latest chapter in her ongoing artistic story. It’s a story that continues to unfold with each new project including a current role in the World Premier of Ahrens & Flaherty’s new musical, KNOXVILLE, directed by Frank Galati at Asolo Repertory Theatre, an upcoming music & storytelling project with Radney Foster and two new singles set to release this year! For Aili, these projects represent different sides of the same artist — an artist who’s happy to embrace all of her creative interests under the same umbrella.