Artist: The Shootouts
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Song: “One Step Forward” (Feat. Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel)
Release Date: February 24, 2023
In Their Words: “‘One Step Forward’ was written by our good friend Al Moss, a longtime Shootouts collaborator. While it’s definitely an uptempo love song, I couldn’t help but see it as a perfect analogy for the music business, too: one step forward, two steps back. Someone who knows a thing or two about surviving the ups-and-downs of the music business is Stampede co-producer Ray Benson. You don’t survive 50+ years in the music business without being able to weather the occasional storm. That’s just one of the many lessons we learned from working with Ray. He is a wealth of country music knowledge, and working with him and (Stampede co-producer) Sam Seifert was a true learning experience. We’re really grateful to them for their belief in The Shootouts and our music.
“For this song, and the video, we were also thrilled to be joined by Ray and members of Asleep at the Wheel. We wanted the video to give a little taste of what you might experience at a Shootouts concert, while also documenting some of the fun shows and tour dates we’ve had recently. We shot the portion with Ray and the Wheel on the road at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, Indiana.” — Ryan Humbert, The Shootouts (vocals, guitar)
Photo Credit: Jamie Escola