King Radio, ‘Lonesome Nights’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]
New country band King Radio are unveiling a brand-new music video for their song "Lonesome Nights" exclusively for readers of The Boot.
The song "Lonesome Nights" is soulful country through and through; the band's lead singer, Justin King, pounds on the keys to create a unique sound that's bound to hook you in. The accompanying music video is shot in black and white and showcases the band recording "Lonesome Nights."
King Radio -- made up of bandleader Justin King (vocals, guitar, piano), Mark Kiesinger (bass) and AJ Jump (drums) -- were born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the summer of 2012. Additional band members include Jon Graboff (pedal steel), Robert Donnelly (trombone), Ian Schaefer (trumpet) and John Liotta (sax).
King brings to the band not only musicality but also a whole lot of experience in serious real-life situations; most notably, he spent time in Iraq and Haiti as a photographer. He was with the U.S. military in Iraq, and he covered a combative election and the subsequent rioting, as well as a cholera epidemic, in Haiti.
"I visited Iraq twice during the war. Each tour was fairly short: one month in 2008 and one in 2009," King explains. "I never considered myself a journalist; I simply wanted to understand more about war and what it's like for those who fight it.
"I did my best to photograph everything I found important during my time in Iraq," he continues, "but I think my music ultimately proved the best vehicle to express the experience."
King Radio's eponymous debut album will reflect many of King's experiences as a war photographer.
"In the song "The Valley," I tried to capture the impression I got from being around U.S. troops and witnessing their experiences in Iraq. These experiences ranged from the stress and danger of daily patrols (not knowing what to expect around any corner) to dealing from afar with troubles at home -- losing their houses, or their marriages falling apart," King says. "I met several soldiers who said they had more or less let go of their attachment to home and felt the best when they were deployed in theater."
The forthcoming record, co-produced and mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Jim Scott, is scheduled for release on Oct. 16.
A list of upcoming King Radio shows can be found on KingRadioMusic.com. The band's album release show is set to take place on Oct. 30 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.
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