Americana Highways brings you this premiere of the Great Palumbo’s interpretation of the song “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” originally written by Harry McClintock. This song was produced, engineered and mixed by Kyle Dreaden at the Shoebox and mastered by Sam Moses.
Musicians here are Peter Campbell on vocals and acoustic guitars; Harrison Hall on pianos and keys; Will Stevens on lead and electric guitars; Sissy Dinkle on bass; Jon Truman on drums and percussion. The Great Palumbo has a fluid easy style with a bright energy, and I can’t think of a better way to channel that energy than through this glorious song.
This arrangement of “Big Rock Candy Mountain” was something that I had in my pocket when I first arrived in Nashville. It was in rotation for the first few gigs I played here, but sort of fell off the radar as time went on, new songs were written, and new iterations of this project came into being. I’m really glad we finally circled back to this and got it down on paper because I think it’s a really cool, unique take on the song.
We tracked this song last summer, with masks and hand sanitizer. So it wasn’t exactly the studio experience that we’ve all come to know and love, but at the time, due to the whole COVID thing, I think it was the first time any of us had gotten to play with other humans in months, so we were all really stoked to be making music together, and I can feel that energy in the recording. — Peter Campbell