Check out the inspiring, uplifting ‘Hold On’ from Shannon Leigh Reynolds. The song features a fabulous band, whose instruments combine to create a striking roots sound over which Reynolds’ classic country vocal soars. Particularly impressive is Fred Travers’ beautifully tuneful Dobro. Keith Arneson adds further texture with his twanging banjo and John Seebach delivers delicate, bright Mandolin. All the ingredients of classic Americana are here.
Reynolds says of the song and video: “‘Hold On’ is about finding yourself in lowdown places, even of your own doing, but pushing through your troubles knowing that if you just hold on, things will always get better and go your way again. I wrote it while reflecting on such times in my life, and it’s one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s being released as a single ahead of my debut album, ‘Triple Shot’, because I think it has broad appeal to listeners of bluegrass and far beyond, not only because of its message, but also because of its infectious and inspirational groove. The video for ‘Hold On’ was shot at Sky Stage, a unique performance and arts space in downtown Frederick, Maryland, developed in a pre-Revolutionary War building that suffered a catastrophic fire in 2010. Given its newfound life after devastating destruction, it was the perfect setting for the video for this song. There were intermittent showers on the day we shot video at Sky Stage, so we were ducking in and out of the rain all day and raindrops can be seen in some shots. But like the song, the rain cleared and the weather turned great. Other scenes include studio shots of me, several of the musicians who played on the song, some friends, and my ever-supportive husband. The video was produced by Jim Robeson Productions, LLC, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, with some assistance from Jim ‘Ratso’ Silman, longtime cameraman at the local Washington, DC ABC station.”
Back in 2017, Reynolds teamed up with banjo-playing Keith Arneson to begin writing and releasing music as a duo called Peace Run Band. It was during this period that Reynolds reinforced her love of roots music and developed her own distinctive style and sound based on classic country, folk and bluegrass. Reynolds made use of the pandemic lockdowns to focus on songwriting and the result is her forthcoming debut album ‘Triple Shot’. While you’re waiting, check out ‘Hold On’ and be inspired.