Americana Highways presents this video premiere of Mike Mangione’s song “The Turnabout,” from his forthcoming album Blood and Water, due to be available in October. “The Turnabout” will be released digitally on August 12. The album was produced by Larry Campbell; engineered and mixed by Justin Guip; recorded at Milan Hill Studio in upstage New York; and mastered by Dave McNair Mastering.
“The Turnabout” is Mike Mangione on vocals and guitar; Tom Mangione on guitar; Larry Campbell on guitar, mandolin, violin, pedal steel and harmonium; Justin Guip on drums and percussion; Bryon Isaacs on bass; and Will Bryant on piano, organ, and accordion.
The video was shot in Austin and directed by Daniel and Chris Konkel. This is a pretty video to flesh out a pretty song, with landscape footage on rocky river banks and the line “I don’t have a home without you.” And the clincher line: “Time is a runner who changes stride.” Mike Mangione has a real way with lyrical words. And the album produced by Larry Campbell is a very listenable affair.
One day, while driving to my studio space, I crossed a river and noticed it was frozen. Although it is a seasonal occurrence, I was struck by the fact that I live in a place where rushing rivers freeze! I quickly penned on scrap paper ‘I come from the land where the rivers freeze.’ When I arrived at my studio space I wrote this song out in one sitting, which is very rare for me. The song reflects on the reality that, though our identities are deeply rooted in our place of origin, our home is defined by the one we love. Even if I dwell in a place I have roots, I am without a home if I am not surrounded by those I love. — Mike Mangione
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