Artist: Seth Walker
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Song: “Hard Road”
Album: Are You Open?
Release Date: February 15, 2019
Label: RPF Records
In Their Words: “I grew up in rural North Carolina on a little dirt road called Busick Quarry Rd. We had 15 acres of land surrounding our log house and I traversed, trampled and pedaled my bike all over that Carolina clay. Out beyond that dirt road was a paved one: Osceola-Ossipee Rd, and we all called it the ‘Hard Road.’ My momma gave strict orders not to go riding my bike up there by myself, as the big farm trucks would howl and unwind up there. I will never forget the day I broke that rule and rolled up on that road for the first time. The long white line, the smell of freedom and subsequent danger. Now I am up here on this hard road chasing the muse, and there is no end in sight. It is all so intoxicating, daunting and strangely comforting.
“Musically I wanted this track to roll like a wheel with little chord change. A rhythmic trance of sorts. The groove has a strong African blues influence. All to set the tone of rolling up on the ‘Hard Road.'” — Seth Walker
Photo credit: Joshua Black Wilkins