The HillBenders’ new single “Every Time I Go Away” premiered along with a music video capturing the band’s vibrant live performance of the song. The single was recorded at New Wine Studio in Victorville, California with engineer Eric Ulgum.
The video was filmed at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO (formerly Riverport Amp) while supporting legendary Rock band The Who and again at the John Hartford Memorial Festival in central Indiana.
Written by banjo player Mark Cassidy and mandolin player Nolan Lawrence, “Every Time I Go Away” is a familiar tune of leaving your home and loved ones behind, much like this tune has left behind the banjo for a drum kit. The HillBenders – having recently added a drummer to the band lineup – plan to honor their string band roots while exploring new musical directions. This acoustic rock-inspired new single and video is a strong debut of the band’s evolving sound.
HillBender guitarist Jim Rea said, “So many of our songs have longed for a drummer since the beginning but we just couldn’t pull the trigger. Now that we have, we are asking ourselves why it took so long! There’s definitely fresh inspiration and I think ‘Every Time I Go Away’ really captured that feeling.” Rea also played organ on the recording – another first for the band.