Video Premiere: “Hot Southern Nights” by Swearingen & Kelli

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The “good old days”–like fine wine, memories get more robust with time, the rough edges of circumstances smoothed out by its passage, leaving the best parts behind. In their new video “Hot Southern Nights,” Americana duo Swearingen & Kelli pay homage to the simpler times of AJ Swearingen’s parents and their humble beginning amongst the Appalachian coal mines of West Virginia. The video, directed by Frank Weysos, offers a classic summer scene set around a roaring bonfire, complete with some ice cold beers and friends to share them with.

“I wrote this song on the airplane after a visit with AJ’s folks, looking through old family photos of their life in West Virginia,” says bandmember Jayne Kelli. “I just kind of romanticize that simpler time, especially with how life is today. We thought this was kind of fun and tongue and cheek for us, but when we played it for some friends they loved it, and so did our producer, Mitch Dane, who knew just what to do with it.” 

Swearingen & Kelli will release their new LP Cold-Hearted Truth on September 20th. Like the title suggests, Cold-Hearted Truth is an album rooted in honesty as its 11 tracks find the band reaching deep into their family histories and their own personal crusades. They deliver stories about endurance, addictions, old stomping grounds, false starts, and getting things right the second time around; as Swearingen says, “These songs are about recognizing where you’re from.” With its slinky bass groove, saucy guitar licks, and hip-shaking swagger, “Hot Southern Nights” beckons you to take a load off, come on over, and stay awhile. And that’s never a bad thing.

Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Hot Southern Nights,” the new video from Swearingen & Kelli:

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Tour Dates:

August 23rd – Thomas, WV at The Purple Fiddle
August 24th – Berryville, VA at Barns of Rose Hill, 8pm
September 14th – Saint Petersburg, FL at The Hideaway Cafe, 8pm
September 15th – Punta Gorda, FL at Songwriters Island Radio at Mermaid Cove, 2pm
September 20th – Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall, 7pm
September 21st – Charlotte, NC at The Evening Muse, 7:30pm
September 25th – Knoxville, TN at WDVX Blue Plate Special
September 27th – Franklin, TN at Kimbro’s, 7pm
October 4th – Vienna, VA at Jammin Java, 7pm
October 6th – Jim Thorpe, PA at The Mauch Chunk Opera House
October 18th – Akron OH at The Rialto Theater, 8pm 
October 19th – Lake Orion, MI at 20 Front Street, 8pm
November 6th – San Antonio, TX at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30pm*
November 7th – Austin, TX at One World Theatre, 8pm* 
November 8th -Tomball, TX at Main Street Crossing, 8pm*
November 9th – Dallas TX at Poor David’s Pub, 8pm* 
November 22nd – Three Oaks, MI at The Acorn Theater, 8pm 
*Supporting David Bromberg

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