Video Premiere: Black Prairie, “Nowhere, Massachusetts”

Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

On Black Prairie’s first album, the musicians hardly sang at all, letting their instruments do most of the talking. A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart takes things in a different direction, mixing the band’s bluegrass tunes with a handful of vocally-driven folk songs. Fiddle player Annalisa Tornfelt pulls double duty as the lead singer, holding her own in a band that also includes three members of the Decemberists.

American Songwriter is excited to debut the band’s new music video for “Nowhere, Massachusetts.” “I was at a gas station, trying to squeeze in a private conversation with my boyfriend on the phone before getting back into the van with the band,” explains Tornfelt. “We were both on tour. I asked him where he was, and he said ‘somewhere in Nowhere, Massachusetts.’”

Shot at Chris Funk’s studio, the no-frills clip focuses on what Black Prairie do best: combining the cinematic with the rustic, evoking everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Ennio Morricone in the process.

“My ending Dobro solo, I was trying to channel Lindsey Buckingham’s licks on ‘Rhiannon,'” says Funk. “I don’t know if it quite comes across on an instrument largely identified with bluegrass. I remember suggesting to Annalisa in the studio that we should double the chorus on the outro, and that she should “go for it” the second time around. Upon playback, I heard her mutter, ‘Oh no, I feel guilty singing like that; a guilty pleasure,’ and I responded, Who cares, just go for it.’ And she responded, ‘You’re right; no guilt, only pleasure!'”

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