(Editor’s note: This post was updated at 2:15 on April 30. Due to incorrect information, the original post contained the wrong date for the record release party.)

Louisville-based sonaBLAST! Records is releasing “Sings Up the Sun,” a posthumous final album by guitarist/singer/hit songwriter Tim Krekel, one of the most successful popular music performers Louisville has ever produced.

As a mostly Nashville-based artist, Krekel wrote songs for stars across the popular music spectrum, from blues bands to rockers to country music singers. He played with several national acts, including Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefers. Krekel died in Louisvlle in 2009.

The final record has been in the making since 2008, produced by Krekel’s colleagues, cohorts, friends, and family, according to a sonaBLAST! news release.

The album track “State Of Grace” is available for download here.

The official release party, headlined by Jason Krekel & Friends, will be Wednesday, June 2, at The Rudyard Kipling.

Here are the cuts:

1. Here We Go Now

2. Perfect Flaw

3. California

4. Searchin’ For The Light

5. She Thinks He Sings Up The Sun

6. Own Myself

7. Yes, Yes, Yes

8. Gotta Keep Meeting Like This

9. Keep The Light On

10. State Of Grace

About Tim Krekel from the release: Tim Krekel (1950-2009) was a genuine American original. As a unique singer, songwriter, and guitarist, he dedicated himself to creating music that was – and remains – a real testament to life, love, and rock & roll. Over his four-decade career, Tim’s gifts to the music world have been frequent and plentiful, and he enjoyed success on many different levels.

It is hard to overestimate how many different bands, tours, and songs Tim Krekel saw in his years in the music business. Second to becoming his native Louisville’s ultimate guitar rock hero, Krekel is best known for his years in Jimmy Buffett’s band and, of course, for his songwriting. Krekel provided hits for Rick Nelson, Lonnie Mack, Jerry Reed, Dr. Feelgood, Canned Heat, Delbert McClinton, Martina McBride, and dozens more.

In 1984, Crystal Gayle hit #1 with Tim’s “Turning Away,” and Patty Loveless did the same in 1995 with “You Can Feel Bad.”

In March of 2009 Tim Krekel was diagnosed with cancer. By mid June of that year, he was at the final stages of what he described as “a most wonderful life.” Tim was able to pass away under the loving care of his family and hospice on June 24, 2009.



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