The Slocan Ramblers Premiere Video for Bluegrass Barnburner "Hill to Climb"

It's from their award-winning album 'Queen City Jubilee'

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jun 1, 2020

Toronto bluegrass combo the Slocan Ramblers released their album Queen City Jubilee back 2018, and two years later, they're stick picking up momentum. Having won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year back in April, they've now premiered a video for the LP cut "Hill to Climb."

The clip for the song takes viewers front row for a private live performance, as the four-piece tear through the dusty, rustic tune in a warmly lit room full of plants. With jaunty mandolin, bouncing upright bass and twanging banjo, it's proof that you don't need a drum kit to start a hoedown. The video was filmed by Trent Freeman.

In a statement to Exclaim!, mandolin player Adrian Gross (who wrote "Hill to Climb") explained that, while the song was penned as a traditional bluegrass number, the arrangement draws on influences like outlaw country and Tom Petty. He said:

We wanted it to have the same energy as a live concert, so we focused on the performance and kept the video as basic as possible. We set up a couple of microphones and imagined we were playing a concert, while Trent walked around with a hand held camera. He is truly a master at making the viewer feel as if they are standing in the room, experiencing a private concert.

Check out the organic clip below.

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