SHARES THE NEW SINGLE ‘RODEO STAR’ LISTEN HERE / WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
FROM THE NEW ALBUM ‘IN A WORLD WE DON’T KNOW’ WHICH FOLLOWS ON SEPTEMBER 28TH – PRE-ORDERHERE
“His voice, a confident, flexible and powerful instrument, is his strongest card, investing every word he sings with the kind of conviction that’s required when handing out pearls of hard won wisdom.” – Mojo
“All three singles set high expectations for McEwan’s new material and the album will definitely be one to watch out for” – Americana UK
“A warm, enriching voice and a deft way with a lyric that cuts right to the heart.” – XS Noize
“We look forward to what McEwan does next.” – Maverick
Alex McEwan’s ‘Hold Your Hands Out To Me’ made a strong start as he got the campaign for the September 28th release of his album ‘In A World We Don’t Know’ underway. The single landed Amazing Radio airplay from Jim Gellatly, and the Amazing Roots platform, plus support BBC Scotland and XS Noize premiered the track. It achieved a fresh wave of support for him, adding to previous acclaim from Mojo, Maverick and Americana UK plus Radio 2 airplay from Jeremy Vine and CountryLine.
Now the Scottish singer-songwriter is poised to continue to attract more devotees as he shares his follow-up single ‘Rodeo Star’ along with its official video, which was premiered on Americana UK this morning and is currently BBC Radio Scotland’s Record of The Week. Listen HERE. Watch it HERE.
‘Rodeo Star’ tells the story of a man whose big ambitions have remained unfulfilled. Instead of the rodeo star of the title, its narrator is a cab driver in the heart of Nashville. While he never lost sight of those dreams, his reality is that they’re unlikely to come true. Yet deep down he knows that is who he really is, regardless of how his life has turned out. It’s a song which is full of the yearning, nostalgic and world-weary qualities that make Alex McEwan such an engaging writer. Those aspects are also delivered with the grainy, dusky soul of his vocal, beautifully plaintive slide guitar, and lyrical references to advice passed down the generations – plus a fleeting fictional cameo from Johnny Cash.
Alex says, “After coming back to the UK fromNashville, it all seemed like a different world, but hanging out with the folks in Nashville I realised we have all got dreams. The great thing about Nashville is that it’s a place where dreamers like myself are welcomed.”
‘Rodeo Star’ was written by Alex, who co-produced the track with Lou Natkin (Brian Wilson, Joan Jett), with mixing courtesy of Ian Grimble (Bear’s Den, Mumford & Sons, Daughter). It also features backing vocals from Anthony Clark (Elton John, Rick Astley, Eva Cassidy), as well as drums from Paul Winter-Hart of Kula Shaker.
The song’s story feels like a near reflection of Alex’s own life journey. From his early years in Glasgow to busking in London and finally achieving a big break in Nashville, music seemed to be his destiny. That seemed even more likely with the release of his debut album ‘Beautiful Lies’ in 2005, especially when his single ‘Make A Wave’ was playlisted on Radio 2 and he was invited to tour the UK and Ireland as guest to Katie Melua.
Sometimes life has other plans. Instead, Alex forged a new career in the world of finance, leaving his adventure in music like some kind of fever dream. Then in 2019, an impromptu open mic night somewhere in the Caribbean inadvertently opened a second chapter for him as a musician. Soon the songs were flowing out of him, and against all odds his single ‘In A World We Don’t Know’ was greeted by the UK Americana community like an old friend.
Now Alex McEwan has shown that the dream of his ‘Rodeo Star’ isn’t always a forlorn one. Maybe this could’ve all happened for him after that first opportunity almost two decades ago. Perhaps it hasn’t gone precisely as he would’ve hoped. But somehow it is happening – and that’s something well worth cherishing.