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See Wynonna Judd’s Spiritual ‘Keeps Me Alive’ Video With Derek Trucks

Guitar ace makes special appearance on intense tune from ‘Wynonna and the Big Noise’ album

Although rooted in blues and bluegrass music, Wynonna Judd became one of most successful mainstream country artists of all time, first with mother Naomi in the Judds, then as a solo act. In 2016, she joined her husband, former Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser, for an album called Wynonna and the Big Noise, delivering an LP of blues-soaked Americana.

One of the most uplifting tracks on the album, “Keeps Me Alive,” is now the focus of the first full-length concept video from Judd in 14 years. The stark, ethereal clip, shot at historic OaklandsMansion in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, southeast of Nashville, also spotlights the work of slide-guitar master Derek Trucks, a former member of the Allman Brothers Band who now fronts his own group. Trucks’ wife, blues singer Susan Tedeschi, also guests on the album, along with Jason Isbell.

With visual influence from the iconic “Hurt” video from Johnny Cash, “Keeps Me Alive” is perhaps the most fully realized example of what the singer sees as the album’s overriding theme.

“It’s just me letting it go, just being myself,” Judd tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s the fiber of my being. It’s being in a darkness that is so dark that your soul cries out to get relief. Because of where I’ve been and the hell I’ve been through and just the primal, guttural cry with which I have shed many a tear over children, death, divorce, being in the music business for 37 years as part of my journey, I think this record is my musical coming-out party where I’m just letting everything come to the surface.”

Wynonna and her band the Big Noise will join Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Rhiannon Giddens and more for Stuart’s annual Late Night Jam at Nashville‘s Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday night, June 7th. 

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