Americana Highways is pleased to bring you this premiere of the High Divers’ “Could Not Be Loved” from their forthcoming release Ride With You, due to be available on June 7th. Ride With You was produced by Sadler Vaden, engineered by Jeremy Ferguson, mixed by Andy Dixon, and mastered by Richard Dodd. “Could Not Be Loved” is Luke Mitchell on guitar and vocals, Mary Alice Mitchell on synth, piano and vocals, Kevin Early on bass, Julius DeAngelis on percussion and Clay White on trumpet.
With rich tonal layers of fingerpicking style guitar followed in turn by synth and piano tones, the High Divers have created a build up piece of art with “Could Not Be Loved.” The vocals drip with the anguish of a lonely heart. Ride With You should be on every Americana music lover’s ‘must have’ list.
This song traces the feelings of what it’s like to be bullied and labeled an outcast. The chorus is an exhale, as you slowly find the people that love you for exactly who you are.
A major person I tend to think of while writing these kinds of songs is John Prine. I don’t think there’s anyone better than him at writing devastating, simple songs, woven with humor and sadness.
Most of my favorite songs I’ve written are done in a hurry. This whole song was written and finished in 10 minutes. I’ll have some more of those, please! — Luke Mitchell