Forrest McCurren photo by Ryan Strong
Americana Highways is hosting this video premiere of Forrest McCurren’s song “Oh Me, Oh My,” the title track from his forthcoming album due to be available on August 19. The album was produced by Wes Sharon; recorded at 115 Recording in Norman, Oklahoma; and mastered by Eric Conn at Independent Mastering.
“Oh Me, Oh My, is Forrest McCurren on acoustic guitar and vocals; Ryan Engleman on pedal steel; Dan Walker on keys; and Wes Sharon on bass.
The video was created by Brett Jackson, Aaron Lawrence and Sam Sullivan of Intrepid Creative. There’s no mistaking that Forrest McCurren falls right in line with the greats like John Prine and Terry Allen — with gentle cautious tales about real folks delivered in “around the campfire” style. Frayed jeans, bright acoustic guitar and a simple bar that could be in Any Town, USA, and a dark motorcycle ride draw the ease of the song into the visual story in the video.
My dad used the expression ‘oh me, oh my’ in moments of great surprise and wonder. Like when lightning strikes close and loud, when you fall in love, when you get your heart broken, or when you’re drinking too much for the wrong reasons. That feeling has struck me often as I’ve slipped and slid through my 20’s, a lot of rowdy Saturday nights turning into rough Sunday mornings. Learning how to run is learning how to fall. The soul of this song is at the heart of the collection: You can either count your losses or count your blessings. Dedicated to Troublemakers, Chance-takers, Heartbreakers and Booty-shakers. In the last 5 years, I’ve spent a lot of time with the songs of Terry Allen. Specifically, his Lubbock (On Everything) record. Seems like his line, ‘my ego, ain’t my amigo, anymore’ was floating around a lot in my head.
Much love and many thanks to Intrepid Creative (Brett Jackson, Aaron Lawrence and Sam Sullivan) for their time and talent in making this video. As well as Lulu and Mike at Ryan’s Public House in Tonganoxie, Kansas, where the beers are cold and the folks are warm. Thank you for opening your doors, and shining a light, on my songs and stories. — Forrest McCurren
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