‘Tennessee’ is a wonderfully spirited and freewheeling song that takes one hell of a swing at a big exuberant and wholly infectious chorus – even while despair and heartache lies at its core. There’s Springsteen, Petty, Dallas Crane, The War On Drugs and more coursing through this bruised ode to the country music capital. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, it’s surging, countrified power pop, it’s heartland rock and more. There’s headstrong rhythm and bristling electricity in the chorus, driving the song on and blasting out the cobwebs of uncertainty and doubt that permeate the preceding verses.
“I think it’s just turned out to be a truly special sort of a song,” says Wright. “The production, the performance, the sound of it. It’s something I‘m really proud of and it serves as a good introduction to the sound of this album.”
Melbourne-based artist Wright has been writing and releasing his music in various forms for close to a decade now. From the debut EPs Suicide Season (2012) and For King and Country (2013) to earnest, well-crafted songs about love, redemption and growing up in a country town on long-players The Lucky Country (2014) and HWY (2017). His folk/bluegrass outfit, Dave Wright & the Midnight Ramblers, revealed a focused singer/songwriter stretching his sonic horizons on Turn Out the Lights (2019), released just before a global virus turned out the world’s lights.