New York-based Kentucky singer-songwriter Sam Phelps has released the second single from his upcoming EP, Hunter Springs Road (released November 4).
Check out the music video for the new single below, which was directed by Joshua Black Wilkins and features a guest appearance on Langhorne Slim’s Vintage Ford Fairlane 500.
Produced by GRAMMY-winning artist Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) and featuring guitar virtuoso Laur Joamets (Sturgill Simpson), Hunter Springs Road (named after the street where McCoy Studio is located in Virginia -Occidentale) is a collection of songs about home, bustle and homesickness. The EP features the liveliest of the countless songs Sam Phelps has written in the last year on lockdown, and the singer-songwriter’s open-hearted storytelling is on full display.
On “Kentucky”, the artist confronts his complicated relationship with his country of origin, and on “New York Newsstand Blues” he merges American and folk traditions with the modern urban narrative of one of his heroes, the late Justin Townes Earle. âStand Up Guyâ is a meditation on change and turmoil featuring some of the artist’s beautiful fingerings. On “Leavin”, meanwhile, Sam Phelps shows the tender vulnerability and delicate craftsmanship of his songs about ghosts of the past, how his past is never far behind.
Born and raised in Pulaski County, Kentucky, Sam Phelps’ father gave him his first guitar at the age of 13, and as soon as he heard Steve Earle’s “Billy Austin” for the first time. , he knew that writing songs would one day be his vocation. Phelps writes songs that stop reality, songs that demand your attention, songs that force the listener to live in the world they have created.
Watch the new clip here: