Directed by Jozie Zamjahn. From Rhinestone Tomboy, out April 28 on Kill Rock Stars Nashville.
At first I assumed that “Kill Rock Stars Nashville” was just a goof. A way for the legendary Pacific Northwest independent label to signify that they’re dipping their toes into the country/Americana space. But no! Apparently, label founder Slim Moon now lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is ready to expand into that market.
Byrne describes writing this song: “It was the height of the pandemic, and I was feeling wistful and thinking about the threads that tie us together, about my family, who I was so very far away from at that time, and my recovery, which was only a few months in – how even in our hardest moments there might be sunshine somewhere. Hope is a hard thing to find, and I’ve had some hard times, but the music I make helps me get through, and this song has gotten me through so much.”
She told Rolling Stone, “I try really hard to write sad songs! But the truth is, I do I have hope.”
I love that. And I guess if she wants to keep writing happy, hopeful songs as good as this, who can blame her?
As a longtime Americana and folk fan I am pretty stoked to see the recent resurgence in interest around this style of music. The best examples are American stories told through the lyrics as well as the instruments. There’s the gentle crying of a fiddle, the slow moan of a Dobro, the pecking of a banjo…the atmosphere of the story is set and is as important as the substance of the tale.
With increased interest can also come increased posing. This is a music that has a low tolerance for inauthenticity (even if it tends to attract more than its fair share of pretenders and false accents). The good stuff comes through. The cream rises and well…the rest sinks.
And so when I see a quote of praise from none other than Emmylou Harris, I take notice:
“Alice Gerrard has one of those voices that harkens back to the likes of Sara and Maybelle. She is the real deal with the right stuff and hasn’t forgotten where country music came from.”
–Emmylou Harris (June, 2014)
Indeed. Gerrard’s take on “Boll Weevil” hits all the right notes—literally and figuratively. From the new album Follow the Music, produced by M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, this is how we welcome autumn around here.
Well known in folk circles for decades, it’s great to see Alice Gerrard getting some attention from the younger generation.
As noted in our review of Ryan Adams’ new album, things are looking up for our favorite Americana shit stirrer. Proof lies in the music and apparently the old chap is confident enough in the material to put out a good old fashioned music video. Don’t try too hard to decipher the symbolism, just enjoy the shots of Ry-Ry scootin’ around town in an old Cadillac while menacing looking Pink Ladies cruise the streets looking for trouble. I’d like to see this album sell if only to buy the poor dude some furniture.
Ryan Adams Tour Dates:
10/11 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theater
10/13 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
10/14 San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theater
10/15 Napa, CA – Uptown Theater
10/17 Santa Cruz, CA – The Rio
10/18 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
10/20 Eugene, OR – The Shedd
10/21 Seattle, WA – Benaroya
12/2 Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
12/4 Baltimore, MD – Lyric Opera House
12/6 New York, NY – Carnegie Hall
12/8 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
12/10 Toronto, ON – Winter Garden Theatre
12/11 Chicago, IL – Cadillac Palace
12/13 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
The bible of all things alt-country and Americana has gone through some transitions in the last few years. Like many in the media business, declining ad revenues forced the 13 year old magazine out of print in June, 2008, leaving the No Depression down but not out.
Relaunched as an online community for music fans (especially those of the Americana flavor) No Depression is pushing on and are celebrating with a summer festival in Redmond, Washington.
Acts including, The Swell Season, Lucinda Williams, Cave Singers and Alejandro Escovedo converge on Aug. 21, 2010, at Marymoor Park. Pre-sale tickets are available 10 a.m. Thursday 4/29 until 10 p.m. Friday 4/30. General ticket sales kick off on May 1.