One of the best things about country music (or Americana) is how versatile of a genre it is. It's really inclusive to many styles and textures and one artist who is working on expanding the genre's sound (though not in any truly stated capacity other than letting his music speak for itself), is Austin Meade. With Waves, due Friday, Meade showcases an expansive understanding of roosty country rock and no song on the record is better at showcasing that in a rockin', heart-tuggin' way than "Mountain Past." This preview track is just a taste of what you can expect to hear on Waves, a record which is equal parts Matchbox Twenty, Eli Young Band and Cross Canadian Ragweed mixed with the storytelling poetry of a Jack Ingram or Slaid Cleaves.
About the song:
This song takes me back to a cold winter drive over mountain passes through Colorado. I was white knuckling on the steering wheel, trying to keep it between the lines during some sketchy ice and snow conditions. My buddy Matt Gracy, who penned this tune, sat next to me in the passenger seat. We were both stressed out from a few weeks on the road, and the driving conditions did not help to ease our minds. The weight of the situation, plus the looming personal matters that we were going back to at home, did not sit well. It's easy for me to become overwhelmed while we are out on the road. "Why the hell am I out here doing this? Is anyone listening at all? Is this whole thing for self indulgence? I'm not even enjoying it half the time when we're driving or dealing with the business side." Those kind of thoughts swirling in my head make for a long drive home. But we were surrounded by the beauty of snow covered mountains, and that sight alone was enough for me to take a deep breath and leave the past where it belonged. I find comfort in mountains as well as the ocean, and I can't believe that we get to travel the country and see all these powerful landscapes while playing music for a living.