What’s a lousy place boy to do?

Individuals text, penned by songwriter Phil Barker, ring in the course of Town Mountain‘s brand name new song, “Lines in the Levee,” the title observe for their latest studio record. Traces in the Levee is out Oct. 7 by means of New West Records, and on Thursday (June 23), the title monitor and its formal audio movie are premiering exclusively with Style of Region.

“‘Lines in the Levee’ was published amid the social upheaval of 2020,” Barker tells Taste of Country. “Lyrically I wanted the tune to converse that a change is coming for those people who do not have a voice or experience disenfranchised. Musically I needed the rhythm to have a similar depth and make you feel like one thing is about to occur.”

Throughout “Traces in the Levee,” Barker and the rest of City Mountain — fiddle player Bobby Britt, guitarist and vocalist Robert Greer, banjoist Jesse Langlais, drummer Miles Miller and bassist Zach Smith — embrace the spirit of perseverance he established out to produce with the song’s lyrics.

So it only tends to make sense that the music video conveys a equivalent sensation.

“We wished to capture a gritty blue-collar vibe while matching the experience of urgency and rhythm of the song,” Barker clarifies about the conception of the song’s video, which was directed and edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard.

Traces in the Levee was recorded at the famous Ronnie’s Put, aspect of Audio Phase Studios on Audio Row in Nashville.

“[It] feels like a normal evolution for us as a band,” Barker claims. “There was not anything forced about it. We thoroughly gave into the tunes and didn’t attempt to mold it. Justin Francis, the producer of the album, served us build the tracks from the ground up, producing a bigger audio.”

Francis — who has labored with artists including Kacey Musgraves and Orville Peck — suggested Ronnie’s Location to City Mountain for their most up-to-date LP, and Barker couldn’t be more grateful.

“The studio would not come to feel like it is really changed a lot because the ’70s,” he says. “We were being blown away by the vintage classic vibe it evoked. It was an inspiring place to record.”

That inspiration saturates “Strains in the Levee,” and though the solution to the query, “What is a poor region boy to do?,” is never totally realized, the song offers hope and confidence in the confront of the uncertainty and panic from the last two years.

City Mountain will be on tour for substantially of the summer season and slide in aid of Lines in the Levee. Enthusiasts can discover their comprehensive tour schedule listed here and pre-buy the new album right here.

Album Protect For City Mountain’s Lines in the Levee

Town Mountain – ‘Lines in the Levee’

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