The man singing these songs isnt exactly the same man who wrote them, says Pokey LaFarge of ?Rock Bottom Rhapsody?, his eighth and latest studio release. This album is about the story of who I used to be.In early 2018, LaFarge searching for the sort of artistic freedom and inspiration he wasnt finding in the Midwest relocated from his longtime home base of St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California. New songs came quickly to LaFarge in his new environment, but new temptations soon found him, as well. Though he declines to get into specifics, LaFarge admits that he experienced a significant fall from grace during the last months of 2018. Things sort of started to unravel in my mind, he recalls. I was letting evil spirits and demons rule me, and I came into certain agreements with them, and it took me down. I was giving too much power to the darkness, and I got in too deep, and I made some bad decisions. The reality of the situation is that I hit the closest to rock bottom that I ever had, and Ive definitely had some hardships in my life.While songs like Fuck Me Up, End of My Rope, Fallen Angel and Aint Comin Home were all written before LaFarges life went into a downward spiral, their lyrics definitely speak of a soul in crisis even though their author himself wasnt fully aware of it at the time. Its a case of me writing the story and writing the song, and then unfortunately living it, he reflects. The last three, four years have just been the hardest that I can remember. Id played the Ryman, I was selling theaters and clubs out all over the world, I got to travel the world, I was making a living, I got to buy a house; I could have whatever food and booze I wanted at any time, women but I was unhappiest Id ever been, because I dont think I really believed that I deserved my success, even though I worked so hard to get everything I had. And I was going towards the darkness. I was longing for death more than I was longing for life not necessarily literally longing for actual death, but destruction definitely ensued; self-sabotage and self-destruction definitely happened.