Ow boy, nu wordt ik gegarandeerd gevierendeeld en overgoten met pek en veren. Ik had trouwens de man zijn vorige single (check hieronder) overgeslaan wegens véél te 'hillbilly', maar om één of andere reden kon ik toch niet om deze heen.
Ik vermoed dat het de heerlijke groove is, de invloeden uit soul en vintage r&b, die het hem deze keer doen. Mooi stukje gitaar ook trouwens.
Where The Flowers Meet The Dew verschijnt op 1 december via Thirty Tigers.
Luister ook naar: Born Agian (live)
October 20, 2023 - Knoxville, TN - “I have been searching for something I couldn’t define my entire life,” says songwriter Zach Russell about the inspiration behind his new single “Milk & Honey,” the latest from his upcoming album Where The Flowers Meet The Dew—out December 1st via Thirty Tigers. “I often think of the characters of the Bible who are asked to give up things in exchange for eternal life, Heaven, if you will.” With a lazy 6/8 groove, accented by R&B guitar jabs, Russell eases into the song’s first verse: “There’s a land of milk and honey where a man don’t need no money / But a ticket there costs everything you own.”
“But what is Heaven? What is eternal life?” he remembers asking. “A younger Baptist version of me thought of this as a place in the sky after death. Nowadays I think of it as more of a state of being. Is this what I’ve been searching for? And if it is, how do I get there?” For the whole of “Milk & Honey,” Russell poetically wrestles with these bigger-than-life ponderings in his honest, country-leaning style that continues to draw fans around each new turn. But never does the content get too heavy or contemplative. Russell uses lyrical lightheartedness and laid-back instrumentation to ponder his point with a singalong-fit refrain: “Hot damn, Jesus Christ / I want to know just what it’s like in Heaven.”
On Wednesday, Holler. premiered Russell’s “Milk & Honey” writing, “‘Milk & Honey’ is an existential back-and-forth set to a laid back and deceptively simple slice of soulful country folk, full of homespun wisdom and unaffected philosophies.’”