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Demopolis native Steven Padilla will host a concert in Demopolis on Friday to celebrate the release of his debut album.

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Padilla comes home for album release concert at Canebrake

Published 2:50pm Monday, May 5, 2014

Demopolis singer-songwriter Steven Padilla will come home Friday for a concert to celebrate the release of his first album.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Old School on Main. Tickets are $10 and available at Willingham Sports.

Padilla’s debut album will be released May 13. His first full-length album, “Good at Goodbye” will be available on Amazon and iTunes next week.

However, for those who can’t wait, copies will be available at Friday’s concert.

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Padilla’s album “Good at Goodbye” will be officially released May 13, but copies will be available at Friday’s concert in Demopolis.

The stop will be one of three Padilla has this week and next to promote his album.

On Saturday, he will play at the Tin Roof in Birmingham. He also has a show scheduled for May 16 in Nashville.

The title track “Good At Goodbye” was added to the album late in the recording process. Padilla said the song was written for a neighbor on Spencer Avenue.

“I had a bunch of songs to choose from,” Padilla said. “The album was 80 percent complete when ‘Good At Goodbye’ was written.”

The album was recorded “all over,” according to Padilla. Most of the recording was done at world-renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, but tracks were cut at Bates Brothers in Hueytown, Nashville and Padilla’s own basement studio.

“There is a crazy, spiritual vibe and you definitely feel the presence of all the people that have sung there,” Padilla said about recording at FAME. “At the same time, it was a little overwhelming to someone new to recording.”

Padilla said he tries not to pattern his sound — sort of a mix of country and rock — after anyone in particular, but he’s influenced by everyone he’s listened to. He writes deeply personal lyrics, inspired by his real life experiences and past relationships.

“You don’t want to be that guy that sounds like anyone else,” he said. “It’s definitely rooted in Alabama. I’m careful about what I listen to because I know that will come out in my playing.”

Padilla now lives in Hoover with his wife Amanda, a doctor for Lemax Sports Medicine.

For more about the album and Padilla’s music career, visit stevenpadilla.com.

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