Americana Highways presents this premiere of the video by Mark Oblinger: “No Regrets (Radio Edit)” from his recent album High Water Line. High Water Line was produced by John McVey (Chuck Pyle, Yonder Mountain String Band) and mix engineer James Tuttle (Big Head Todd, String Cheese Incident). The core of the album is drummer Christian Teele, bassist Chris Engleman and Nick Forster (Founder & host E-Town, Hot Rize). These folks are all members of the eTones (James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Moby, Ben Harper, Joan Osborne). Other musicians on the album include bassist Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon), pianist Eric Moon (Björk), Pete Sharpe on mandolin (the Railsplitters) and Dusty Rider on banjo; with background vocals by Robert Johnson (Stevie Wonder) and Linda Lawson (Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, John Oates).
The video was produced by ALOC MEDIA by John March, with Scott Rowland as videographer and editor.
Oblinger’s “No Regrets” is a very tender song with crystal clear production — all the instruments are precisely choreographed opening into a banjo solo. Despite the easy-going, disarming musical setting, the lyrical warning unfolds: “a wicked twist .. no regrets Juliet .. time comes and takes your second chances away.” And with the all-star cast, Mark Oblinger’s High Water Line is a big sounding, likable collection. The video does the song, and the timelessness of “No Regrets,” perfect justice with its sunset and night skyscapes set as backdrop.
“No Regrets” (Radio Edit) references Shakespeare’s storied romance between Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence’s quote “These violent delights have violent ends” warns the “star-crossed lovers” of the possible outcome if their passion continues unchecked. I was fascinated with the idea that Juliet, intoxicated by the “power” of love, would abuse it and then have second thoughts, as we often do, as the tale unfolds to its fated conclusion. –Mark Oblinger
Order here: https://song.link/album/i/1469468804. And if you’re in Colorado, Mark Oblinger will be performing in Boulder on Thursday, Sept. 5th at The Nomad Playhouse at 7 pm.