Son Volt celebrate the glory in the grind of being working musicians in the new video for “Devil May Care,” which premieres today via Rolling Stone Country. The song is one of the lighter offerings on the band’s upcoming politically charged album Union, which will be released on March 29th.
Cruising along with breezy acoustic strumming, the carefree Americana tune soundtracks a montage of road scenes, featuring frontman Jay Farrar and his longstanding alt-country crew moving from gig to gig. The vintage-hued footage unfolds like a scrapbook of tour memories with shots of highway signs, stage time and laughs over backstage beers.
While much of Union examines the country’s current state of divisiveness, Farrar wrote “Devil May Care” as a respite from the discord. Lyrically, he has some fun with the minutiae of gear setups and other little observations that come with being a musical lifer, singing lines like, “Harmonic fidelity boost high pass filter on a balanced line, or a cigarette on a headstock, all the same just make it rhyme.”
“That is the essence of what a band is,” Farrar said in a release. “You remember, ‘Wait a minute, music is supposed to make you throw your burdens to the wind,’ so I tried to include that approach as well.”
Union, the band’s ninth studio album, will be released via Transmit Sound/Thirty Tigers. Son Volt launch an extended spring tour in support of the album on April 18th in Columbia, Missouri.