With the unofficial start of summer less than two weeks away, Ben Rector is ready to take his audience on an impromptu vacation with a fantastic new single.
The lyric video for “Range Rover,” which was co-written with Mark Trussell and Devin Dawson, was premiered on Stardia on Friday. The rollicking track conjures images of the open road as Rector croons about finding love with a woman who will look past his beat-up Honda Civic with “blown speakers and a broken A/C.”
“My genuine hope is that it’s a fun, three-and-a-half-minute road trip,” Rector, who is based in Nashville, said of the song. “It’s definitely more tongue-in-cheek than most of my other music. The pandemic
has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone, but it feels like people
are becoming more optimistic as the world slowly reopens again.”
The music video
for "Range Rover" can be viewed above.
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Sonically, “Range Rover” is a bit of a departure for the Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter, whose folk-pop melodies and earnest, introspective lyrics have made him a millennial playlist staple; it also pays homage to one of his musical heroes
, Steve Winwood, who is featured on the song as well.
Rector says the inspiration for naming-checking Winwood, best known for 1980s anthems like "Valerie" and "Higher Love," came from a T-shirt he was wearing in the studio, and he reached out to the two-time Grammy winner about making a guest appearance at the request of producer John Fields. Winwood responded with a recording of himself playing the Hammond organ, which Rector and his team interpolated.
“I grew up listening to Steve Winwood, and as I became a musician, my love for him grew more and more,” Rector explained. “It feels like a different level of fan-hood, because he’s such a legend. He’s so good at this, and he sent us more than we needed. It was like watching some unbelievable golfer hit a golf ball in person. You’re like, ‘Wow! You’re really that good!’
forced him to cancel a year's worth of concert dates, the unexpected downtime has had some advantages both at home and creatively. Last June, he and his wife, Hillary, welcomed twin sons, Roy and Robert, as well as a 4-year-old daddy.
This spring, he has been working on the follow-up to his 2018 album, "Magic," which he plans to release next year. Earlier this month, he collaborated in Los Angeles
on a new track with Dawes frontman (and Mandy Moore's husband) Taylor Goldsmith, and last month, he showcased his talents on television as a mentor on "American Idol," dueting with contestants Wyatt Pike and Graham DeFranco.
He describes the album he produced as the "most joyful, celebratory" album he's ever produced after going into the studio without the pressure of touring.
“I'm not a hype guy at all, but this is really the first record I feel very optimistic about,” Rector said. “It's fun, it's vibrant. There are crazy, riffing sax solos, there'll be dancing. Approaching music without any sort of distraction or expectation, I rediscovered why I love it, and the new record reflects that.”