Alabama born Steven Padilla is no newcomer to performing, in fact he’s been covering songs by the likes of Eric Church, George Strait, Rhett Akins, and more, now for 10 years. By releasing this new album, with PADMA Records, one of his longtime dreams has now being fulfilled. “Good at Goodbye” is a well balanced album of 11 songs all written by Padilla himself. We start off with “Peaches and the Pines” a catchy tune which gives us a look back to the roots of where is all began, and ends with a great inspirational song in “If I Didn’t Have You” which clearly displays Padilla’s faith and his realization that he would be nothing without Jesus.
In the mix you have fun and playful story lines in “Country Side of Mine“, about that city girl catching eyes with the country boy and him showing her his country side. One of those songs if you close your eyes you could just picture it- a country boy, an old truck, a pair cowboy boots- what more could a girl ask for? Even throwing shout-outs to classics like Hank Williams Jr. and Keith Whitley– hey if you can’t love all of that then you must not love country; “Fishin‘ “, one of those songs that you can’t help but feel the beat, he describes this girl, a guy, and spending a good ‘ole time fishin’ and later dreaming about the great time they had.. As you find yourself singing and grooving along you can’t help but smile at the ending with a slick nod to The Andy Griffith Show; “7 Minutes“, a song about grabbing your girl and gettin’ away; and “Get You Alone“, my favorite kind of song, great beat, song about a guy taking his girl out, showing her off, and getting her mind off things. In the end the thing he wants to do most is spend some alone time.
“Good at Goodbye“, a song I believe that a lot of people will relate to. Padilla wrote this song by request of his Dad about a longtime elderly neighbor that touched his life. That neighbor passed shortly after the song was finished. This song wasn’t even supposed to be on the album- but his producer thought otherwise, some last minute time in the studio got this song on the album and even made it as title track.
The album is completed with meaningful stories in “No Time To Think“, “She Won’t Be Lonely“, “Forgiveness“, and rounded out with “The Woman In My Life“; an upbeat song about a woman changing a man from his old ways and bad habits. I really enjoyed the tone to Padillla’s voice matched with the well written stories beyond these songs. I would definitely recommend this album and be looking out for Steven Padilla in the future- because I see this country crooner, who refreshingly isn’t afraid to sing right from the heart and share his faith, going a long way.
“Good at Goodbye” is scheduled to be released on May 13.