Americana Highways is pleased to premiere this video of Vicky Emerson’s “The Reckoning” from recent January release Steady Heart. “The Reckoning” features Vicky Emerson on vocals and acoustic guitar; with Steve Bosmans on electric guitar, Jake Armerding on fiddle, Kari Arnett, Sarah Morris and Annie Fitzgerald on backing vocals, Zach Miller on drums and Aaron Fabbrini on stand-up bass.
The video was edited with cinematography by Jeremy Krzmarzick, and is Vicky Emerson singing and playing acoustic guitar, with Annie Fitzgerald, Jillian Rae, and Sarah Morris (singers); Joessa Austin, Marissa Bader, Cheri Berg, Isabel Cifuentes, Becca Camacho, Katie Cannon, Heather Corndorf, Tiffany Dodge, Eva Felix, Erin Howe, Judy Nagel, HeatherChristine Struwe (dancers) and choreography by Heather Corndorf & Katie Cannon.
The song starts out with a ringing solo intro, before changing-up to a rock song: “I hear the high buzzin’, I feel the storm rollin’ in, like thunder chasing the lightning, I never knew how this would end.” The song is a gripping inspiration, and the video bring that into sharp focus. With the current state of our society, an all-woman video sends a strong message in and of itself, with the lyrics and the driving music bring the point all the way home. Vicky Emerson has found a successful formula to both inspire you and get your toes tapping during your march for a better tomorrow.
The theme of the video is women supporting other women. Women can often feel isolated and alone as they try to navigate their careers in a male dominated field like the music business. Plus, women are competing with each other for gigs, radio play and festival slots which further forces us into our own corners. I’m fortunate to live in a supportive music community in Minneapolis and what I have seen time and time again is that by supporting each other, we make room for more and more women to share their art. By helping each other, we become a louder voice that can really influence change. — Vicky Emerson