Sounds | Grace Pettis, Landon


Mooie, pretentieloze folky americana waar je je gewoon goed bij voelt. Pettis zingt laidback, de Indigo Girls verzorgen de schitterende harmonies en acteur Landon Beatty draaft in de video op als ... Landon natuurlijk. Het verhaal achter het nummer lees je hieronder. Working Woman is verschenen op 7 mei via Mpress Records.


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Alt-country/folk artist Grace Pettis packs her music with as much purpose as poetry, and there is no better example of this than her succinct, biographical ballad “Landon” — a heartfelt apology from Pettis to her gay best friend from high school. The inseparable pair grew up together in small town Alabama, enjoying a friendship which involved football, church, and dreaming beyond Bible belt life, all while taking the matter of faith very seriously. So when Landon came out as gay to Pettis, she couldn’t reconcile who he was with what she believed in.

“Loved you more than a boyfriend, more than a brother,” sings Pettis soulfully on her track “Landon,” named in honor of her friend. “Then I called you a sinner / Ain’t no sin bigger,” continue the lyrics which ask for his forgiveness of her past bias. “And there ain’t one damn thing wrong with you,” she concludes.


Landon needed somebody to be on his side,” recalls Pettis. “He trusted me. And I let him down. Years of soul-searching, prayer, and information gathering led me to a very different place. I knew that I had wronged Landon in a way that I could only explain in a song.” With her uniquely deft lyrics Pettis addresses the origin of intolerance and enlists the power of music to heal. The first year she sang “Landon” live she couldn’t get through it without crying, but the process has been cathartic. The friends have patched things up and both agree the song is a meaningful way to help others learn acceptance.

“Landon and I are close again now, thanks in part to the song,” shares Pettis. “And we both love that it sheds a little light in the world for the next generation of gay kids growing up in the South, and for their best friends and families and all the people that love them.”


Lending gravitas to the message of the tune are guest vocals by the Indigo Girls. “To have the Indigo Girls adding their voices to Landon’s and my story now is overwhelming and deeply meaningful to me,” says Pettis. “It all just feels right, in a karmic and cosmic way. The whole thing brings me a lot of peace and joy.”


(QueerForty.com)


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