Video Premiere: Swearingen & Kelli’s “Exile”

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Americana Highways presents this video premiere of Swearingen & Kelli’s “Exile”. The song, from their recent album Cold-Hearted Truth, was produced by Mitch Dane at Sputnik Sounds Nashville. “Exile” is acoustic guitars and vocals by AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli; drums by Will Sayles; bass by Lucas Morton; and pedal steel by Justin Schipper.

This video was directed by Frank Weysos, and was recorded in the Ghost Town in Manor, TX (right outside of Austin) in the heat (100 degrees and rising) with plenty of water on hand, and a little tequila too

With a vocal lead by Kelli that sounds like a full grown woman, “Exile” is an eerie, foreboding song, and the video highlights that in the ghost town setting.  The entire record is an exercise in tensions, darkness and light.

“Exile” closes the series of four videos off the new album. Our director, Frank Weysos, had the idea to film it in an old ghost town near Austin, TX. It’s a haunting mini film that shows a much darker side compared to our other videos and songs from the new album. This is probably my favorite video because it really highlights those other elements that have always been important to us as writers. — AJ Swearingen 

Frank really captured the isolation and dejected nature of the lyrics, which I wrote when I was in a very dark place living in the UK. We revitalized the song with a slower and more eerie structure in the studio. Justin Schipper (our pedal steel player) and I have a shared love for Radiohead…and he pulled from that sonic landscape with his atmospheric pedal steel licks. — Jayne Kelli

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