|Photo courtesy This Is American Music
i climbed to the top of your mountains
and i swam to the bottom of your creeks
and i drank all the whiskey that you’ve been pouring into me
and i ran from the ghosts of the soldiers
walking cross the ancient field
and i prayed in the church that all the music helped to build
“Tennessee”, the first single from Great Peacock’s upcoming full-length debut, opens with a swell of slide guitars and drums in harmony as close as those of vocalists Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd; it’s a melancholy love song to a place and to a feeling that you get from a place. The solo guitar of Dan Fernandez in the break at the four minute mark is as sorrowful as a dark night in a strange place, and it resolves back into Nelson and Floyd’s voices, pleading that Tennessee just won’t let them be.
A song that feels the sharp ache and shiver of geography that you can’t escape, “Tennessee” is full of guitars and lyrics that fans of Jason Isbell’s will fall for hard. It’s a fantastic introduction to Nelson, Floyd, and Great Peacock, highlighting all of the strengths of their partnership and the band.
The video captures a live version recorded last year in Nashville; check it out below.
The debut LP will be out 5/16/2014 on This Is American Music, and is one of my most anticipated records of this year.