Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy released today his new single “Lonesome Pine.” Best known as a member of the Grammy-winning Americana powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show, the song is the newest look into his forthcoming debut album which is set to release this fall. The slow-burning track draws on McCoy’s enduring passion for nature as it reflects on his time spent as a wilderness guide in the American West.
“You’ve never truly been down and out until you’ve spent a night out in the woods cold and alone,” McCoy told The Boot. “For me, some of those times have been voluntary, some have not. I remember being high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, curled up on pine needles, just watching the wind shake the trees, the solitude was absolute but there was a beauty in it. I guess that kind of loneliness gets deep inside a person, I’ve never shaken it.”
“Lonesome Pine” is the follow-up to Chance’s debut single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)” released last month. Rolling Stone called it an “atmospheric, concise tune, adding a gently pulsing drum track to meandering layers of strings” that “channels youthful wanderlust in the idyllic folk meditation.”
A proficient fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy was raised in West Virginia and honed his craft while apprenticing under a series of master Appalachian players. He would later take home top honors at the prestigious West Virginia State Championships for fiddle, banjo, and dulcimer which ultimately led to getting the call from Old Crow a few years later. However, his forthcoming solo debut album reveals a remarkable depth and versatility far beyond anything we’ve heard from him yet. Captivating in its cross of the traditional and the progressive, the songs show little regard for the conventional boundaries of genre and decade, blending old-school bluegrass melodies with modern rock and roll arrangements and rich, atmospheric production.
“People know me as a folk musician, but I’m expanding my creative horizons and blazing some new trails with this album,” said Chance. “Wandering’s what I do.”
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