His debut album, A Hard up Life was self-released via his own, Hargrove Records in late January of 2021.
“I have always believed that the good measure of a folk album is how well its overall message resonates with the average listener. By that measuring rod, singer-songwriter Drayton Farley has just given us a great one with A Hard Up Life. With the fourteen songs on this record containing lyrics that are immediately reminiscent of the humor and subtlety of John Prine, the directness and honesty of Bob Dylan, and the everyman gravity of Pete Seeger, Farley firmly establishes himself as one of the great American voices in folk and Americana music.”
- Americana Highways (Album Review)