Guest Room Sessions: Surrender Hill, ‘Up in Flames’
Americana duo Surrender Hill are coming to you from a desert home stairwell in this installment of The Boot's Guest Room Sessions. Press play above to watch the pair, plus their special guest Dan Bresnan, perform their song "Up In Flames."
The stoic desert and vibe of the Southwest provides the perfect backdrop this performance of "Up in Flames," which was filmed in the stairwell of "guitar player extraordinaire" Bresnan's home, located outside of Sedona, Ariz. It's a setting that's familiar to Surrender Hill's Robin Dean Salmon and her bandmate Afton Seekins.
"We had just finished traveling through the Texas Hill Country, where I grew up, and every time we play this song, it reminds me of the years I spent on the YO Ranch," Salmon says. "Also, the line 'when dreamers headed West' felt kind of appropriate. I think Afton and I fall into that category."
Originally, Salmon and Seekins' plan was to shoot this Guest Room Sessions video at Sedona's stunning Cathedral Rock, but Mother Nature intervened: "It's a pretty spectacular place, [but] when we got there, the wind was blowing about 60 miles an hour," Salmon recalls . "We had to come up with Plan B: the stairwell."
"Up In Flames" appears on Surrender Hill's third full-length album, Tore Down Fences. The record is an exploration of relationships and love, delivered from the perspective of the two songwriters, also husband and wife, who finally found each other after years of "breakups and missteps."