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WATCH: Kelly Hunt, “On the Bayou”

Sep 8, 2023

WATCH: Kelly Hunt,

Artist: Kelly Hunt
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Song: “On the Bayou”
Album: Ozark Symphony
Release Date: September 8, 2023 (single); October 13, 2023 (album)
Label: Compass Records

In Their Words: “I see this song as a kind of modern-day adaptation of the ‘Evangeline’ tale, a centerpiece of Louisiana folklore, which I first encountered through Longfellow’s poem by the same name. This particular song emerged just a couple weeks before heading down to make this record with producer Dirk Powell at his Cypress House studio in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. I felt compelled to revisit the ‘Evangeline’ poem and was struck anew by how deeply her story resonated with me and seemed to mirror my own. On a whim, we ended up cutting it for the record, and I went on to film an accompanying music video for it in the bayou-strewn countryside close to where the album was made. The chorus is an invocation of sorts: ‘Evangeline, tell me what you know…’ A plea for guidance across time and space from one lovelorn woman to another, and a summoning of the same lodestar that, as the story goes, led Evangeline to the live oak on the banks of Bayou Teche where her search was fulfilled.” – Kelly Hunt

Photo Credit: Makemade

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