The new single from Humbletown, ‘Pretty Little Things’, is a gorgeous piece of work. There are clever changes of pace with explosive bursts of energy, great harmonies and an intriguing melody that takes unexpected turns. The highlight is the fabulous finger-picking delivered by Morgan Carnes with her tuneful claw-hammer banjo and Dylan Lewis and his mesmerising guitar work. In light and location, the video matches the changing moods of this atmospheric song. ‘Pretty Little Things’ is the sound of the prairie and the Appalachians, a fine blend of bluegrass and folk that captivates throughout.
Humbletown told AUK about the song: “The song ‘Pretty Little Things’ captures a reflective moment in time, looking back with nostalgia at a fast, exciting life on the road compared with the relatively stable state of adulthood. In the video, the mood of the present is somewhat dark mixed with societal conceptions of beauty. The segments reflecting on the past are lighter and brighter, capturing well the days of sunlit youth on the road. Ultimately all of these times and stages have such an important part of our hearts and lives and this song and video help tell the story of how one has influenced the other.”
The song is taken from the band’s recent album ‘The Path I Chose to Walk’, which explores stories, events and decisions from their lives, the twists and turns that led them to where they find themselves now. Winners of the 2018 South Dakota Folk Off competition, the band have also performed at various festivals, such as Revival Music Festival and at the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition. Carnes and Lewis usually perform as a duo. However, they are often joined by a set of talented players, including Tom Schaeffer on fiddle and multi-instrumentalist Dalton Coffey, who also recorded and produced the album, on Dobro, mandolin and bass. Stream ‘The Path I Chose to Walk’ in all the usual places or buy physical here. Enjoy.
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