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Influenced by Thalia: A Texas Trilogy by novelist Larry McMurtry of Lonesome Dove fame, Kroll crafts a song about growing out of a town that just doesn't fit anymore.


West Thalia

Music and lyrics by Dirk Kroll

Should have left this old town

I stuck around way too long

This West Texas town is moving on

Times change and then they're gone

It's just another story about a small time town

And your soul will die if you stick around

In West Thalia.......

My girlfriend's here and she's still mine

But she knows we're just passing time

My brother's coming up the drive

Stays drunk just to stay alive

'Cause Dad's always talking about a brand new day

When West Thalia was a different place

We all know it's not here anymore

All those tired eyes down at the county store

In West Thalia......

People here, well, they still know my name

And all the roots we share, they don't go away

We all know that it's time for a change

All our lives like tumbleweeds blowing out on the plains

Of West Thalia......

Sometimes I come back just to look around

Our old movie theater has just closed down

A lot of people I knew, well, they've moved away

What's in my heart will always stay

In West Thalia

In West Thalia

In West Thalia

In West Thalia

In West Thalia.............


released December 29, 2020
Dirk Kroll: music, lyrics, vocals and guitar
Rodney Walker: guitar
Adam Brode: bass
Jim Amann: piano
Scott Culling: drums and percussion
Marci Feldman: vocals
David Roof: vocals
Produced and recorded at Rooftop Recording Studio


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Dirk Kroll Detroit, Michigan

Dirk Kroll moved from Southern California to Metro-Detroit at a young age with both a Sonny Rollins and an Eddie Cochran album in tow. Holding several Detroit Music Award nominations and awarded Outstanding Rock Songwriter 2020, 2021 and Special Honoree 2022, Kroll composes multi-genre storied songs and fronts DIRK KROLL BAND, a seven piece featuring horns, keyboards and blended vocal harmonies. ... more

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