The incredibly talented Mike Ross teases what’s to come on the Clovis Limit: Tennessee Transitions with the release of his latest single, the slide guitar-rich ‘Driftwood’.
Mike Ross is a man with many a string to his musical bow, as composer, performer and producer. His forthcoming new solo album ably demonstrates that range, virtuosity and attention to detail, and also explores the rich tapestry of Southern musical traditions and styles that Mike calls ‘The Clovis Limit – The Tennessee Transition’, It’s an album which resonates as a companion to Mike’s acclaimed ‘Clovis Limits’ album duology, and is due for release on 28th May.
Lovers of country and Americana will find much to woo their ears and fascinate them in The Clovis Limit – Tennessee Transition’, not least Mike’s brand-new single and video ‘Driftwood (Acoustic)’ — which drops on 30th April — with fans of slide guitar being particularly catered for!
There’s a kind of early, gritty backwoods country music: the lyrical content of which mirrors the hellfire and damnation imagery that can be found ‘across the tracks’ in neighbourhoods of the Southern United States.
The song serves as further evidence of the interconnected tapestry of all American music. ‘Driftwood’ serves up an extra helping of down-home authenticity, with Mike’s deft, beguiling, period-specific, hula-style slide woven with pulpit-pounding imagery (not to mentions plenty of “piss and vinegar; tiny bits of stars”) delivered with impassioned vocals, contemporary verve and sparkling performance.
Speaking to Maverick about the song Mike shared “Driftwood is off Clovis 1 and will be on The Tennessee Transitions. It’s about being reborn again, having faith in a higher power. Its got this Johnny Cash, Hank Williams kind of bounce to it but it’s got a blues slide guitar element to it. It’s a good expression of the way I like to melt genres together.”
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