LOS ANGELES - A good old boy transplanted from the foothills of the Adirondacks is climbing up the charts as a country singer on the West Coast.
Main Street Records recently released "Gettin' There," an album of original music by Gloversville native Todd Stanford. The CD features his singing, accompanied by a team of seasoned studio musicians.
The opening track, "A Way with Words," co-written by Nashville songwriter Jim Collins and Dan Schafer, is getting national radio airplay and has climbed to No. 19 on the New Music Weekly Country Main Chart from No. 24 last month, when it debuted. It also has reached the No. 13 spot on the Top 30 Indie Chart.
The cover of Todd Stanford’s new country CD features this photo shot in Gloversville. (Photo submitted)
Stanford's new music also can be heard occasionally on local radio stations, including WENT.
A music video for the song "I Don't Know You Well Enough (to Miss You When You're Gone)," filmed at the Cowboy Palace Saloon in California, can be seen online at his website, ToddStanford.com.
The album was recorded in L.A. between January 2011 to December 2011, Stanford told The Leader-Herald this week.
"We were really lucky to have such great musicians on the record," he said. The CD features Dan Schafer (who has worked with Shania Twain) on lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars and pedal steel, the late Bob Birch (Elton John Band) on bass, and Bobby Barth (AXE/Blackfoot) on slide guitar.
Also featured are guitar pickers John Duva (formerly of the Edgar Winter Band) and Ian Ross, with Jimmy Hunter on drums, keyboards and backing vocals and Mark Indictor on fiddle. Hunter also produced and engineered the album at Cazador Recordings.
Stanford has a professional career by day, but his moonlighting as a country crooner is a serious endeavor for him.
"I'm pretty fortunate - I get to do both," he said "That's where you get your life experience from."
The album art features photos shot in Gloversville, and the design was done by fellow Gloversville native Brandon Hall at his North Carolina studio. (For more information about Hall's work, see brandonhallgraphicdesign.com.)
"Few places in the world are as beautiful as the southern Adirondacks, Stanford said. "Gloversville laid the foundation for who I am today - it made perfect sense to shoot the album cover in my hometown."
He lived in Gloversville until he went away to college at the age of 18, and now he's been based in the L.A. area for more than a decade.
"I was going to school, and I stayed for the weather," he said. "They're also a pretty good vibrant music community out here."
Stanford said he's been an entertainer more or less all his life, but this was his first "full-on country project."
"This is pretty much the focus of what I'm doing now," he said.
His parents still live in Fulton County, he said. "And I come back all the time."
"Gettin' There" is available on iTunes.com, Amazon.com and his own website, ToddStanford.com.
Editor's note: This article has been revised from its original version to correct the songwriting credits for "A Way with Words."