Carried by Cold Water

by Alec James Payton

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" It’s beautifully complex in its simplicity while brimming with integrity and honesty. All the tracks were produced and mixed by Willie Scoggins and are well-played on guitar and harmonica with fittingly subdued vocals, supported by minor chords and interesting lyrics of longing and hope." -Illinois Times

“Hailing from the Midwest, Alec James Payton wields a sentimental folk style with sharp harmonica and brimmingly honest lyrics flowing over a timeless acoustic guitar style. The independently-released Carried by Cold Water is his first collection of original songs, through which the listener is taken to high peaks and low valleys of promise, longing, and loss. It features the singles “Winds of the West” and “Cold River, Wide River,” both of which are striking examples of the kind of emotional wit Alec maintains throughout the rest of the album.”

All tracks were mixed and produced by Willie Scoggins. Thank you for letting this album be more than I ever thought possible.

On "Winds of the West," Willie Scoggins played bass and my talented brother Cale sang background vocals.

The cover of this album was done by Kelcie Salvo, who used her graphic design talents and artistic taste to turn a quick sketch into the finished cover you see now (she can be reached for graphic design work at

All songs written and performed by Alec James Payton.

Thank you to anyone who purchased, supported, and otherwise enjoyed this independently-released music.