Video Premieres

  • Video Premiere: Anya Hinkle, "Why Women Need Wine”

    • June 02, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    Full of tinkling effervescence, wry nods and winks, and capacious laughter, Anya Hinkle and her friends spill the wine and raise a few toasts in celebration of their friendship in the video for Hinkle’s new single, “Why Women Need Wine.” Spry fiddles dance under and around Anya Hinkle’s finger-picked guitar lines, gently swirling into a waltzing St. Louis toodle-oo that revels in the fruit of the vine and its restorative powers.

  • Video Premiere: Eli West, "I Know Your Wandering Heart"

    • April 06, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    Eli West’s new single, from his forthcoming album Tapered Point of Stone (April 23), opens sparely, floating in on airy notes of Steph Coleman’s shimmering shruti before blossoming into West’s circling banjo rolls. The poignant roundelay grows layer by layer musically and vocally, as West’s earthy vocals weave over and around his gourd banjo rolls and Coleman’s shruti on the first verse before Julie Fowlis’ harmony crystalline harmony vocals add a visceral emotional dimension on the refrain and the remainder of the song.

  • Video Premiere: Ian Fisher, "Be Thankful"

    • February 18, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    The video celebrates the beauty of the world around us, reminding us to revel in the joy of our relationships with others and the world. As Fisher says, "After a year of being reminded everyday of what we don't have, it's easy to forget what we still do. This song is about taking stock of the good things in life, the little things, the overlooked things.”

  • Video Premiere: Jesse Colin Young, "Four In the Morning"

    • November 24, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Like the troubadour he’s always been, Jesse Colin Young always find a new highway to travel, even when the rest of the world is standing still. His new album is aptly named Highway Troubadour, for it contains a lifetime of music that reflects Young’s journey’s into the shadows and into the brilliant sunlight. The new album features newly-recorded solo performances—just Young and his guitar—of songs from his entire catalog, from “Sugar Babe” to “Cast a Stone,” from his most recent album Dreamers to the theme song he wrote for his series of podcasts this year, Tripping on My Roots. The COVID lockdown certainly has not kept this troubadour from flying down the highway, making the music he loves and raising his voice in support of justice, compassion, and unity. “This has been a grand adventure,” he says.

  • Video Premiere: Mipso, “Just Want To Be Loved”

    • November 12, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Many of us stand outside certain communities looking in, sometimes yearning to be a part, often simply marveling that the community shares so freely a love missing in our own community. With a momentary tinge of regret, we might walk away, or we may tentatively approach members of the community, seeking welcome and acceptance; very often the circle widens, embracing us. In some ways, we’re all outsiders during the pandemic, with community circles closing tighter and tighter and disallowing others in.

  • Video Premiere: Jake La Botz, "Hey Bigfoot"

    • October 28, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    The rattling roll of a snare drum kicks off this funked-up nod and a wink take on the human predicament. With its tingling xylophone on the bridge and loping rhythms, Jake La Botz's “Hey Bigfoot” echoes the theme songs of Friday night frights films while at the same time evoking the striding cadences of the song’s central character.

  • Video Premiere: Moira Smiley & Seamus Egan (feat. Sam Amidon), "Days of War"

    • October 27, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Moira Smiley’s airy and delicate “Days of War” opens with the chanting of a crowd and slides into Smiley’s gently plucked circling banjo that weaves under and around Seamus Egan’s circling guitar lines. “Days of War” cleverly records the conversation between a human, who asks why we can’t all get along and if there is any hope we ever will, and a bird that can see for miles and miles from its vantage point that indeed love can conquer fear: “I sing to know that love is near because anger holds the hand of fear/I sing to know that love is near, oh courage take the hand of fear.” Sam Amidon’s and Smiley’s spiraling vocals and ethereal music fly high over a landscape littered with fear and hate, leading us to a land where love and courage, beauty and reconciliation are possible.

  • Video Premiere: Jordan Tice, "Walkin'"

    • September 02, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Tice’s quiet sparse video of “Walkin’,” which appears on his new album Motivational Speakeasy, out September 25, captures the spirit of a man with rambling on his mind.

  • Video Premiere: Dawn Landes, "Oh, Amelia"

    • August 20, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    “Oh Amelia” celebrates Amelia Earhart’s and Tori Murden McClure’s accomplishments, revealing a vision of the yearning to reach beyond ourselves to be more truly ourselves.