Texas icon and country star Jack Ingram’s new video for “I’m Drinking Through It” premiered as part of Texas Monthly’s Music Monday online series and is now part of CMT’s video rotation. It’s not only the first single from Ingram’s upcoming album Midnight Motel (Rounder Records, 8/26), it’s his first new music in the seven years since his departure from Big Machine Records.
“After being on the planet for a long time – and on the road for half of that – I’ve learned a few things…” said Ingram, with his signature sly smile. “I am not suggesting that ignoring your problems is always the best way to solve them…I’m just saying that maybe sometimes it is!”
The video, directed by Michael Tully and co-starring Heather Kafka, explores a tumultuous relationship. As the two struggle, viewers recognize the type of frustration that can only be caused by love. Exasperated, Ingram sings, “sometimes you’re thirsty and sometimes you just need a drink.”
After passionate squabbles and a lot of storming around, Ingram downs a few rounds and takes to the stage. As he sings, both realize that sometimes taking a step back provides perspective. Finally, Ingram recruits the crowd to sing the chorus, “I’m drinking through it,” as the lovers reconcile. (For now.)
“I’m Drinking Through It,” is the first single on Midnight Motel, Ingram’s first album in seven years. Midnight Motel is a Texas-tinged guided meditation through liquor-fueled melancholy. It’s a night at the bar with Ingram on stage – songs, shots, spoken riffs and all. (FULL ALBUM STREAM UPON REQUEST).
Link for “I’m Drinking Through It” premiere: http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/music-monday-jack-ingram-dealing-problems-way-exclusive-video-premiere-im-drinking/
ABOUT JACK INGRAM: Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. Ingram’s prior work has won him a fiercely devoted fan base as well as reams of critical acclaim, and now Midnight Motel marks a creative milestone for the veteran artist, his sound ever evolving while showcasing some of his most expressive, emotionally raw songwriting to date.
His eighth studio album, and his first since his 2009 smash Big Dreams & High Hopes, Midnight Motel features spare, stripped-down instrumental arrangements that highlight the intimacy and urgency of such new originals as “I’m Drinking Through It,” “Nothing to Fix,” “Can’t Get Any Better Than This,” and “All Over Again.” The album’s organic late-night vibe is perfectly suited to the material, and brings out the emotional edge in Ingram’s deeply felt vocals.
The road to Midnight Motel has been a long and sometimes rocky one for Ingram, who was named Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2008, despite the fact that he’d already been rocking honky tonks, theaters, and stadiums for a decade and a half by then. He began writing songs and playing gigs while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and quickly earned a rabidly devoted audience while performing high-energy live shows in bars and roadhouses throughout his home state. In 2006, the title track off of Ingram’s album Wherever You Are, earned him his first Number One single and its follow-up, “Love You,” earned him another Top 20 hit. His next studio effort, 2007’s This Is It, hit the Top Five on the U.S. country charts and produced a trio of hits in “Lips of An Angel,” “Measure of A Man,” and “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely.” Big Dreams & High Hopes followed two years later, spawning five chart singles, including the Top 10 “Barefoot and Crazy” and the Top 20 “That’s A Man.”
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