Old Crow Medicine Show premiered the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Used To Be A Mountain’ Tuesday. Th song is featured in the band’s latest album, Paint This Town. It is the record’s fourth single behind ‘Honey Chile,’ ‘Bombs Away‘ and the album’s lead single/title track.
The video for the new single features vintage footage of work taking place on a mountain collecting coal from the structure. Workers are seen walking from the mine along with footage of mine cars traveling tracks inside the mine.
Ketch Secor talked about the environmentally-minded theme in the song’s lyrics.
“‘Used To Be a Mountain’ is a song that wrestles with the issues facing Appalachia today,” Secor said. “I think that the Intrepid spirit of the mountaineers of the coal fields of the Southern Highlands and Appalachia are some of the hardest and most important for bearers of the American dream. I think that when you take away the natural beauty and destroy the ecology of places, you don’t have a whole lot left to rebuild with.”
Secor added, “I know there’s a lot of folks that are hurting right now in the communities of the coal fields. This song is there to both reflect that hurt and to ask the question, can we do something better for these folks? Can we do something better for these mountains, these hills, the flora and fauna, for anybody who wants to breathe clean air and drink clean water in Appalachia?”
The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single has all of its trademark bluegrass leanings. The mood in the arrangement however is not the light, upbeat approach taken in the album’s other singles. It is more firm and serious in its sound. The mood that such sound and stylistic approach sets helps to further illustrate the message in the song’s lyrical content.
OCMS’ environmental activism reaches beyond its new single. The band has also partnered with Cumberland River Compact, a nonprofit aimed at providing clean water and enhancing water resources to its community. The partnership is aimed at helping both sides raise awareness about the impact of climate change.
In other news, Old Crow Medicine Show is in the midst of a tour in support of its new album. The tour’s remaining dates are noted below.
Old Crow Medicine Show Tour Dates:
July 8 – Marshfield, MA @ Levitate Music and Arts Festival
July 15 – Grass Valley, CA @ California WorldFest 2022
July 30 – Floyd, VA @ Floydfest
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