Paint the Road
Sierra Blanca’s video “Paint the Road” gives us a sneak peek into his upcoming EP, Honorable Mention, to be released on November 10, 2017. If this video foreshadows what the EP has to offer, then it will be nothing short of brilliant. The music video takes the listener on a journey from Nashville to El Paso, Texas. Blanca collaborated with family and friends he met along the way to make the video. Incorporating friends and family throughout the video allows Sierra Blanca to tell his story, but also leaves it relatable to the listener.
The sound of the video is very calming. Reminds me a lot of Iron & Wine. It’s something you want to play on a road trip with the windows rolled down. The sound blends perfectly with the visuals throughout the video. The video takes place in various cities, starting in Nashville. It’s fun to see the city we all know and love, but then to be able to go on a journey with Blanca to places not so familiar. My favorite part of the video was how the song was recorded in the city, right in the mix of things. From a balcony to a Mexican restaurant (I think), no studios were needed here.
Wait, there’s more!
Sierra Blanca also released another new video, “Book”. Debuting on the same EP album, it’s another musical masterpiece. The whole video is shot in one of Nashville’s state parks and incorporates the sounds of nature. As the soothing song unravels, crickets play along to the melody in the background. What’s truly magical is the rawness of the whole video. It’s just Sierra Blanca and his guitar. No fancy gimmicks. Blanca explained the story behind the song as, “Since the beginning of the year, I’ve felt like there’s been a sense of gloom in people around me springing from social and racial injustice, disappointment in government leadership, and the state of our country in general. To some extent, that’s what “Book” is about. I wanted to make a video that highlighted the exact opposite of all of the stuff bringing us down these days, so I went out to the woods in one of Tennessee’s beautiful state parks with a bunch of friends to hang out and film this. I wanted to make it about friendship, music, and enjoying the beauty of earth”.
A Little Back Story
Sierra Blanca, formally Jethro Gaglione, is a self-taught, multi-instrumental indie- folk artist. He started playing music when he was young for his parents’ missionary team in Mexico. They traveled around the country in re-purposed buses, setting up various church meetings. In 2002, he moved to the US and played with some local bands. In 2015, he got a fresh start by changing his name to Sierra Blanca and moving to Nashville.
Join the Journey
Want to join the journey of Sierra Blanca? Watch his new video releases “Paint the Road” and “Book” below and let us know what you think. His new EP, Honorable Mention, releases November 10, 2017. Want to be the first to experience this amazing new EP live? Sierra Blanca will have a live album release party at The Cobra right here in Nashville on November 9, 2017. You won’t want to miss it! You can follow Sierra Blanca (Jethro Gaglione) on Facebook, Instagram, or his website.