Video Doubleheader Wintertime

It’s a bit different putting out a new record after 10 years, and even more different during a global pandemic.   But, one of the things we did for this to compensate on lack of live shows, is farm out a bunch of the songs to friends and associates for video work.   It was cool to see what they came up with and now, they’ve been placed as premieres in various spots.   Last week, we had a doubleheader of sorts, as “Wintertime,” the third video from The Day Deserved premiered stateside at Americana Highways and then, in Europe at Pennyblack Music UK.   Links on the titles, but also at the end of the post.

Notes on the tune/vid from yours truly:  “Winter as a metaphor, ala “Winter in America” by Gil Scott-Heron or “Winter’s Tale” by Shakespeare.  This song was inspired by a Nashville-Alabama drive, past miles of cotton fields, dark history rising to the present, the more things change, in time to the ever redemptive power of music, especially sweet soul music.  Sanctified.   Props to the band for capturing a vintage soul vibe in our own way.   The video comes from raw footage I shot in Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Franklin TN, Shiloh, and the Natchez Trace. Tried to get at those layers of time, visually. Max Hall and Glenn Hall down at Maximum Productions in Atlanta, did the assemblage, editing and other touches of niceness.”

https://americanahighways.org/2021/04/06/video-premiere-doug-hoekstra-wintertime/ and http://pennyblackmusic.co.uk/Home/Details?id=26639

Modern Day Classic

Good reviews help get the word out, but when people say the your record is “resilient, smart, and different,” a top pick, and that you’ve made “a modern day classic,” I’m not lying – it’s nice to see and of course, appreciated. Full text on “The Day Deserved” from tastemaker zine Baby Sue below. AND, while we’re at it, yes, pre-sales are happing Bandcamp. Thanks for the read

Unseen Undetected – European Video Release

Americana-UK presents the European unveiling of “Unseen Undetected,” the second single and video from the forthcoming Doug Hoekstra album “The Day Deserved.” Nice words throughout, summed up thusly: “as gorgeous a slice of low key Go-Betweensy Americana as you’ll hear today”. Enjoy the listen and the view

Unseen Undetected – Video Premiere

Happy to announce “Unseen Undetected,” the second video from the new Doug Hoekstra album “The Day Deserved” premiered this past week, Monday March 22 at Ink 19. “a welcome return to song from one of Nashville’s most lauded songwriters.”

Alternating narrative p.o.v. in the verses, genie out of the bottle, intertwining musical lines, visuals by Doug Hoekstra (who says – I’m no Orson Welles, but it was fun to put together). Presales up and running at Bandcamp, as released date approaches…

Magic

Getting nice feedback on the first listens from the forthcoming album The Day Deserved.  One writes and records in a bit of a vacuum, so it becomes real when folks hear it and engage – thanks.   The pre-sale is up at Bandcamp, videos and singles are dropping, and we’re starting to get some nice pre-release reviews, including this nice bit from Midwest Record.  “…his first new record in a decade is cause for celebration.” Magic.