Memphis-based songwriter Brian Blake has released his debut album Book of Life. Produced by Walt Wilkins and Ron Flynt, and recorded in Austin, Texas, this concept album includes songs about Blake’s family and their roots in the Liberty, Texas, area.

Blake explains:

My intention with this album is to pay homage to my family and the place where my family has been for more than 175 years. It’s where I spent much of my youth, and it’s truly a special place to me.

Book of Life takes listeners on a journey that begins in the early 20th century and winds up in the present day, with the songs on the album acting like a collection of short stories spanning the Great Depression and World War II.

A number of veteran Austin-area musicians were brought in to contribute to the album including Chris Beall, Rich Brotherton, John Chipman, Warren Hood, Betty Soo, and Bart de Win. Wilkins and Flynt also appear on a number of tracks.

Now that the album has been released, Blake is planning to tour with performances at listening rooms and venues in Tennessee, Texas, and beyond.