Town Mountain seeks change in new song, “Lines in the Levee”


What can a poor country boy do?

Those words, penned by songwriter Phil Barker, resonate throughout Town Mountain’s brand new song, “Lines in the Levee”, the title track from their latest studio album. Lines in the dike is out October 7 via New West Records, and on Thursday, June 23, the title track and its official music video will be released exclusively with Taste of Country.

“‘Lines in the Levee’ was written amid the social upheaval of 2020,” Barker told Taste of Country. “Lyrically, I wanted the song to communicate that a change is coming for those who have no voice or feel disenfranchised. Musically, I wanted the beat to have a similar intensity and give you feels like something is about to happen.”

Throughout “Lines in the Levee”, Barker and the rest of Town Mountain – fiddler Bobby Britt, guitarist and vocalist Robert Greer, banjoist Jesse Langlais, drummer Miles Miller and bassist Zach Smith – embrace the spirit of perseverance he decided to create with the lyrics of the song.

So it makes sense that the music video conveys a similar sentiment.

“We wanted to capture a gritty, blue-collar vibe while matching the sense of urgency and rhythm of the song,” Barker says of the design of the song’s video, which was directed and edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard.

Lines in the dike was recorded at legendary Ronnie’s Place, part of Sound Stage Studios on Music Row in Nashville.

“[It] feels like a natural evolution for us as a band,” Barker says. “There was nothing forced about it. We totally invested in the music and didn’t try to mold it. Justin Francis, the album’s producer, helped us build the songs from the ground up, creating a bigger sound.”

Francis – who has worked with artists such as Kacey Musgraves and Orville Peck – recommended Ronnie’s Place in Town Mountain for their latest album, and Barker couldn’t be more grateful.

“The studio doesn’t feel like it’s changed much since the ’70s,” he says. “We were blown away by the classic vintage vibe it evoked. It was an inspiring place to record.”

This inspiration saturates “Lines in the Levee”, and although the answer to the question, “What can a poor country boy do?“, never fully realized, the song gives hope and confidence in the face of the uncertainty and fear of the past two years.

Town Mountain will be on tour for much of the summer and fall to support Lines in the dike. Fans can find their full tour schedule here and pre-order the new album here.

Album cover for Town Mountain’s Lines in the dike

Town Mountain – ‘Lines in the Levee’

New Western Records

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