Closing the curtain on their sixth national tour, The Runaway Grooms are back to share moments of wisdom and unearthing clarity retained from life on the road.
The Colorado-based group dedicates their newest single, “Heartwork” – a soothing yet emotionally charged single – to everyone struggling with their mental health.
The steady melodic groove embedded in the opening verses mimics the comforting gesture of a friend lending a shoulder to lean on. After the first three minutes of a sun-kissed, mid-tempo cruise of colors, guitarist and vocalist Adam Tobin ignites a catchy chorus of encouragement: “Cause in the end / It’s only you who’s gotta want to make a change.”
This cues keyboardist Cody Scott, whose joyful melody unleashes a dance-worthy celebration accentuated by Allman Brothers-esque guitar licks and full band revelry, which includes Zach Gillam, (bass, vocals), Zac Cialek, (guitar, vocals), and Justin Bissett (drums).
“When writing the song, we felt as if it wanted to keep going, and so the song ends with an anthem-like revival that is intended to lift the spirits of the listeners and inspire them to keep working on the heart work,” the band explained.
And they deliver precisely as promised.
Like an Americana sonata, “Heartwork” comprises multiple musical movements that capitalize on the element of surprise. The new single shifts tones from consoling to conquering in an experimental rock fusion style reminiscent of Steely Dan and Atlanta Rhythm Section, with nods to the Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the aforementioned Allman Brothers Band.
Written and recorded in just one day at Paloma Sound Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, with former Ardent Studio engineer Jeremy Horn, “Heartwork” premiered January 6th and is their second single leading up to their third LP, This Road, out Feburary 10th.
After sharing the stage with nationally renowned and Grammy-nominated artists like Umphrey’s McGee, Leftover Salmon, Twiddle, Trombone Shorty, North Mississippi Allstars, and many more, This Road is set to capture the emotional narrative that encompasses life on the road from the perspective of a modern day touring band.
Feb. 10 – Avon, CO – Agave*
Feb. 17 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom^
Feb. 18 – Buena Vista, CO – The Lariat
Feb. 22 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s
Feb. 25 – Winter Park, CO – Devil’s Craft
*with Danger Mountain String Band
^with Kyle Hollingsworth & Joel Cummins