Songs about the loneliness of a life on the road have always been fertile ground for touring artists, from Seger’s “Turn the Page” to Journey’s “Faithfully.” But the topic isn’t native to only classic rock. In Adam Hood’s new single “Way Too Long,” the Alabama singer puts a country twist on the separation anxiety that comes from the miles between two people.
“Being away from home is never easy,” says Hood, one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know. “There are moments when it causes tension and it’s neither person’s fault. But you just miss that person. This song is sort of a, ‘Hey, let’s call this what it is and realize that we love each other in spite of it. And make the best of it.'”
Hood recently filmed a video for “Way Too Long,” which Rolling Stone Country is premiering today. (Watch it above.) In the clip, the singer-songwriter, who has had songs cut by Little Big Town and David Nail, sits alone in a nondescript hotel room, contemplating the divide, both physical and emotional, between he and his wife. In another room, an older touring veteran deals with the same conflict, proof that the struggles of the road never truly go away.
For the part of the grizzled musician, Hood cast his friend and Alabama music stalwart Rick Carter. Carter, who played in the Seventies harmony-rich band Telluride and, later, bluegrass trio Rollin’ in the Hay, now hosts an Internet radio show in which he pays tribute to Alabama artists.
“Rick is the guy who has been through it, and I’m the guy who is going through it. The lady that Rick hugs in the end, that’s his wife. And the lady I talk to on the phone, that’s my wife,” says Hood of the video. “We paint a personal picture of this being our struggles, but these are the women that have to deal with the other side of that struggle too.”
“Way Too Long” is the latest single from Hood’s new album Welcome to the Big World, a coming-of-age record inspired by his daughter. “I have to write when I’m inspired, and the songs that make it on record insist on being written,” Hood told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. “Those happen to be personal tunes.”