Performer Magazine is premiering our new music video for "Who Should Follow Who?", the opening track on our new EP, I Would Fly. The video is part of Arizona Daily Star's Tucson Sound Sessions and was filmed by Nick Murray. To celebrate, we're thrilled to premiere a brand spankin' new video over at Performer Magazine. They write:
"A beautiful new performance video from Tucson's Run Boy Run...The colorful interaction between the guitar and mandolin, fiddle and cello, and collective rising and falling of the voices together result in a striking tension between the narrator’s stoicism and desperation, and reflect a resolve to find an answer and to move forward."
Our new videos for "Spin a Golden Thread", filmed in Kansas City by Rockhaven Films, is premiering at The Bluegrass Situation. They write:
The centerpiece of Run Boy Run's new "Spin a Golden Thread" music video is an old-time crankie -- a hand-cranked scroll of pictures that tell a story. Crankies go back to New England, Appalachia, and the mid-19th century, and some contemporary artists are introducing them to a whole new generation. Run Boy Run's crankie features artwork by Anna Cosper in a box by Sonya Montenegro.
Both the song and the panorama focus on the ties that bind us. Matt Rolland, Run Boy Run's fiddle and guitar player, says, “The song is basically a love song that alludes to our need to be connected with someone (or something) outside ourselves.”
Written by bassist Jesse Allen a couple of years back, “Spin a Golden Thread” has logged some miles. "The song's history criss-crosses the U.S.” Rolland adds, “It was written by Jesse in a garden in Connecticut two years ago, arranged by the band in Arizona's Aravaipa Wilderness on a music retreat, and then recorded at Bear Creek Studios up in Woodinville, WA, for our latest album, Something to Someone. The fact that the video was filmed in Kansas City just adds more geographic color to the history. The Tucson string band loved the crankie so much, they hoisted it out of the main video and shot a companion piece for it.
It's telling that Tucson five piece Run Boy Run count Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, NPR's A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor, and The Lumineers producer Ryan Hadlock, among their growing legion of admirers.
With a unique line up consisting of brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen, Run Boy Run's music blends bluegrass, folk and the old-timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details.
Following the national release of Something to Someone in 2014, the album has finally received a release date for the deluxe vinyl version, out May 26 on Sky Island Records. The band will be bringing their stellar live show back across North America this spring and summer as well, with dates announced in May, June, July, and August. See below for the full list.