Video Premiere: “Lay Down Low” by The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, one of our favorite groups from the outstanding SoCal Americana scene, has been diligently working on their forthcoming record, No Glory. Today, we present to you the album’s lead single, “Lay Down Low.”

“‘Lay Down Low’ has been a staple of our live set for a year or so but it wasn’t until we worked with Los Angeles vocal arranger, Baraka May Williams, who fine tuned the harmonies and dynamics, that the song really  came to life,” says guitarist Jeremy Horton. “The song started with a simple little melody for the verses. I wrote what I thought could be a concise telling of the story of Jesus using that melody as a springboard,” adds drummer Will Wadsworth. “The overall idea was to sing something that I could imagine people singing in rural areas of the American south sometime around the turn of the 20th century.”

Producer Matt Wignall suggested they record in a cavernous space, so the group reached out to Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights, the oldest Episcopal church in Los Angeles to be used continuously since its construction in 1886.  With wood floors and a vaulted ceiling, the old church was the perfect setting for our song that re-tells the story of Mary and Joseph “running from the hand of the Man,” and of their son, “raised up working in a trade” who “couldn’t be held by the grave.”

Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents the video for “Lay Down Low” by The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers:

Listen to “Lay Down Low” here.

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