Video: Amy Ray “Joy Train”

Amy Ray and The Amy Ray Band
Photo provided by Propeller Publicity.

Amy Ray becomes a mama bear as she rolls through Georgia and Tennessee with the ghosts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers in the video for ‘Joy Train’.  The animated video is the brainchild of North Georgia artist, Julie Best, to provide the animation set against a rural background filmed near her home.  Woodland creatures dance as this dobro-fueled track simmers.   Mama Bear Amy rides in a car with her baby behind a chicken truck as woodland creatures dance and cavort. The simplicity of the animation lends itself perfectly to the warm track from Ray’s band. This single is from Ray’s tenth solo album ‘It All Goes South’.  Her voice remains comforting and familiar as she growls into vowels in the same way she does in her long-term duo The Indigo Girls.

About the video ray says, “The song is about faith, compassion and joy in the face of struggle, and I knew her drawings would provide that. Julie said, ‘Do you wanna be a mama bear of wolf?” I said “a mama bear”, and that’s how it began. The song starts with me and my baby bear in the back seat, we are travelers. We ultimately pickup the myriad of beings that we come across, and journey on to what I think of as redemption and healing, all under the watchful gaze of Martin Luther King Jr, Medgar Evers, and some heavenly hounds and horses. I asked Julie to add a banjo player because Allison Brown’s banjo is key to the song, and I think a cricket is the perfect character for Allison.” 

Amy will be hitting the road in the U.S. with the Amy Ray Band in the Spring of 2023.


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Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy. He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.
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