Margo Cilker — “Barbed Wire (Belly Crawl)”
Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Margo Cilker’s song “Barbed Wire (Belly Crawl)” from her forthcoming album Pohorylle. Pohorylle was produced by Sera Cahoone; engineered and mixed by John Morgan Askew at Bocce in Vancouver, WA; and mastered by JJ Golden.
“Barbed Wire (Belly Crawl)” is Margo Cilker on vocals; Sarah Cilker on vocals; Sera Cahoone on drums; Rebecca Young on bass; Jason Kardong on pedal steel; Jenny Conlee-Drizos on piano; and John Morgan Askew on electric guitar.
The video was directed, shot, and edited by Maria Maita-Keppeler with additional footage by Jen Borst. The karaoke was hosted by Melinda Sherod, and wardrobe is courtesy of Janis Carper. Margo Cilker has velvety rich vocal tones than lead straight to the heart, and she uses them hypnotically here. “Barbed Wire (Belly Crawl)” tells a metaphorical tale of with a video of karaoke, loneliness and camaraderie. Watch it and be moved.
Sometimes I read a line in a book that just sticks to me, like this line about barbed wire from writer Kim Stafford: “I guess a man goes over a barbwire fence, a child under, and a woman through.” I couldn’t help but see the metaphor at play of a woman “going through it.” The song poured out of me very quickly, which isn’t always the case. I think the open range out here in eastern Oregon- the same country Stafford describes- gave me that canvas I needed for this one. It’s country that isn’t quite comfortable for me. I’m always aware of my surroundings: an expanse where the mind wanders freely for miles in any direction, but the body is immediately obstructed by a nasty tangle of wire. — Margo Cilker
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