Life tends to move in circles, be it the ever-rotating seasons, a child becoming an adult only to become a parent to raise a child to become an adult, the circle continues to turn over and over, around and around. This is repeated in all factors of nature and is reflected in other forms of media, notably, ‘The Lion King’ summed it up quite simply and ‘Star Wars’ continues to tap into this known fact with one character being another’s parent and a droid being owned by one Jedi only to find itself in another soon-to-be Jedi’s uncles farm…
Well the album I’ve been listening to for the last few days thankfully has nothing to do with droids, but farm life is the backdrop of the music.
Farming is a life of circles and cycles, farmers plant seeds, tend to the land and suddenly its harvest time before it starts again and relationships are born, nurtured and celebrated.
There is something comforting about a farm being in a family for generations, fathers passing on their knowledge to their sons, their sons’ son’s and so on, it’s the mainstay of farming life and ‘Heart Land Again’ is steeped in this tradition.
Back in 1999 Tim Grimm moved to Indiana and recorded an album called ‘Heart Land’, it explored the stories of his family running a farm and drew in the stories from families around them. Now it’s 2019, twenty years have passed and it felt right to revisit that album and set about rerecording it with new members of his family (his sons Jackson and Connor, being young children at the time of the first recording, feature heavily here having also become musicians) and although I’m not familiar with the 1999 album, I can say this revisit is a wonderful snapshot of farming life.
It’s an album of hard-working characters, of early rises and returning to your bed tired, aching but grateful. It’s one of those postcard albums, a Wish You Were Here sent from America’s heartland of wide fields of crops and watching the new sun rise over the hills beyond.
If you want a traditional, rural slice of country music that has been written and recorded in the country, look no further, this is the real deal, songs about country life, not a Stetson or cowboy boot in sight, this is dirt under the nails, blisters on your hands music for lovers of country music.