St. Louis singer-songwriter Beth Bombara has been a fixture in the local music scene there for years, having spent time in bands like Old Lights and Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers, as well as performing alongside Cassie Morgan. Her impressively fractured blend of blues, folk and country stylings feels instantly familiar yet becomes increasingly unique and insular as it unfolds before your eyes and ears.
On her most recent release, the six-track “Raise Your Flag” EP (which was released in July of last year), she found a creative balance between her varied and numerous influences and her routine habit of jumping genres, even within the same song. Drawing upon artists such as Gillian Welch and Neko Case for further inspiration, Bombara inhabited a vast expanse of blues-influenced rhythms and sparse folk instrumentation-not to mention a healthy dose of bucolic country attitude.
For the video to “Raise Your Flag” single “Right My Wrongs,” Bombara finds herself and her backing band playing in an old warehouse, which is bare and stripped down to the concrete except for a few pieces of furniture and various pieces of abandoned flotsam. Directed and filmed by Joshua Black Wilkins, the video gives the music license to fill this cavernous space with swaggering blues guitar licks, mournful horn blasts and a gradually shuffling beat.
Equal parts early ’60s British rock and vengeful Dixieland brass band, this song pulls from a handful of influences while still maintaining a clear and concise identity. Bombara’s bold vocals swirl around the Deep South blues tones and hard rock inclinations as the band churns out a hard-hitting country shuffle that supports her and the ever-shifting musical narration.
I wrote this song while feeling the heaviness of people around me whose lives were all in different stages of destruction and rebuilding. It’s about breaking free from the things that bind us, discovering who we are and holding on to glimmers of hope.
Even the physical location of the video has special significance, as it is set to be redesigned into a place where artists of every medium can work and create.
Watch the video for “Right My Wrongs” below.