Mark Erelli Debuts New Single

Posted by Greg on Sep 3, 2019 in Music |

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If you’ve followed this blog for any part of time, you know of our deep admiration for Mark Erelli’s music.

That admiration only continues to strengthen as Erelli dives in for what could arguably be the best year of his career. Next week his song “By Degrees” will be nominated for Song of the Year at the American Music Association Awards alongside the likes of John Prine, Ruston Kelly and Lori McKenna. Given how important and critical the song is to our contemporary society, he SHOULD be the winner. But whether that happens or not remains to be seen. We know one thing, all of us here at SITH are crossing our fingers.

As of today, Erelli has released “Her Town Now,” the latest single from his as-yet untitled new album, Erelli’s 12th (13th if you include his co-album with Jeffrey Foucault). Taking a bit of a leap from previous single “The Hitter,” “Her Town Now” is a nearly perfect slice of heartland rock that borrows a lot from the Tom Petty-Jeff Lynne playbook.

Co-written with veteran singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet and klipschutz. This change in direction should note come as a surprise as Erelli has hinted at evolving into a more heartland rock vibe. Produced by Zachariah Hickman (who also plays electric bass on the song), “Her Town Now” features drums by Jamie Dick (Milk Carton Kids), 6 and 12 string electric guitars by Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) and Kai Welch (Kacey Musgraves) on piano and Hammond organ.

Ostensibly a song about a romance gone sour and one man’s inability to embrace his newfound freedom, “Her Town Now” leans on ringing organ by Welch and jangly guitars from both Erelli and Vaden. The lead guitarist for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit also lends his talents for a blistering solo in the song’s latter stages. That deft touch combined with the immaculate production help make “Her Town Now” a confident and supremely polished slice of AAA radio fare. In short, “Her Town Now” is a sweetly affecting and utterly infectious tune that demands wider audiences. If this is the direction that Erelli is taking it just might be his most commercially successful release to date. And should that be the case, it will be twenty years overdue.

We’ve had a hard time finding a video for the song, so here’s a live take from March of this year. Hot damn is it infectious as all get-out to see Mark (a self-described folksinger) rocking out like he were at a Hold Steady concert.

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