Illinois based Micah Walk has a number of albums to his name already – both as a solo artist and as a member of the Folk/Americana trio The Deep Hollow. His latest release, ‘Among The Stars’. is due out on October 1st. For this album Walk recruited Sadler Vaden (of Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit) as producer.
The first single is ‘Stay with Me’ which will be available on streaming services on August 20th. It’s a pandemic/lockdown song – but a little different from most as Micah Walk explained: “We weren’t too far into lockdowns when I wrote this song. Looking back, though, I realize my mental health was already not in the best shape. I think sometimes it can be hard to even notice you’re in a funk at first. Performances were starting to disappear, and like many folks like me, those are not only a big part of my income but also my identity. So I was struggling quite a bit with that. But most of all, my wife worked in a hospital, and I worried a lot about her. And the light at the end of the tunnel for all this just seemed to grow more and more faint. I remember this song just kind of falling out one day while she was gone. So ‘Stay with Me” is essentially about the uncertainties involved with someone you love being obligated to put themselves at risk during something like a pandemic.”
Of the recording itself Walk wryly notes that the Pandemic let some things happen which maybe wouldn’t have normally been possible: “We recorded these songs in 2020 but it can take a while to release a record! I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with Sadler, as well as our engineer – Paul Ebersold – and the band Sadler put together for these sessions. These guys work or have worked with a ton of big-time artists – Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams and so many more. I don’t think this scenario would have been possible in a normal year, with their busy schedules. So that’s a bright, happy section on the timeline of 2020 for me.”