Published Jun 01, 2020Toronto bluegrass combo the Slocan Ramblers released their album Queen City Jubilee back 2018, and two years later, they're stick picking up momentum. Having won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year back in April, they've now premiered a video for the LP cut "Hill to Climb."
The clip for the song takes viewers front row for a private live performance, as the four-piece tear through the dusty, rustic tune in a warmly lit room full of plants. With jaunty mandolin, bouncing upright bass and twanging banjo, it's proof that you don't need a drum kit to start a hoedown. The video was filmed by Trent Freeman.
In a statement to Exclaim!, mandolin player Adrian Gross (who wrote "Hill to Climb") explained that, while the song was penned as a traditional bluegrass number, the arrangement draws on influences like outlaw country and Tom Petty. He said:
We wanted it to have the same energy as a live concert, so we focused on the performance and kept the video as basic as possible. We set up a couple of microphones and imagined we were playing a concert, while Trent walked around with a hand held camera. He is truly a master at making the viewer feel as if they are standing in the room, experiencing a private concert.
Check out the organic clip below.