Willie Stratton Comes Alive on “Drugstore Dreamin’

Halifax-based singer Willie Stratton has proven time and again that he can dive into any of rock ‘n’ roll’s various iterations—heartsick blues, twanged-up country, hip-shaking rockabilly, groovy surf—and emerge as a maestro of the style. 

The titular single of his forthcoming LP, “Drugstore Dreamin,” is a flowy and psychedelic song that’s inspired by his everyday life, just running errands and daydreaming. 

“I hope the songs in the album get played on road trips this summer and some memories are made jamming out to them,” said Willie. “And if people wanna dig into it more, the album is about overcoming defeat and moving on from things, which I think is a good thing to meditate on sometimes.”

A prominent theme on the album is about moving forward from defeat, in various ways, and moving on with your life. It’s a reflection of a lot of things that have happened over the past few years.