Following the debut of their most recent singles Irish Grass and Doin’ Nuthin’, the much-anticipated release of the full-length album by Richmond, VA classic rock group Rockford Road is finally upon us. On June 25th, the band is also releasing the album’s title track 60 Grit as a single alongside the album release, and it’s a great lead-in before diving into the rest of the album. 60 Grit is a lighthearted, metaphor-driven piece with the raw and unadulterated performance we’ve come to expect from a Rockford Road tune.
Characterized by its bright horns alongside subtle keys, 60 Grit has an overall lighter tone than what its namesake may imply (though a hearty dose of fairly heavy electric guitar most certainly gets a moment in the sun). The vocal harmonies in the chorus are a nice touch – set way back in the mix, serving as much as a textural component as they do an addition to the main melody, but nicely rounding out the overall tone and giving the hook a fuller, bigger sound. This is a well-balanced, even-keel track that emphasizes and showcases the band’s analog, live approach to recording.
The writing in this track is both original and fun. At one of the lowest, roughest grits readily available, a life that “feels like 60 grit” isn’t exactly the paradise we heard about on Doin’ Nuthin‘. But the band takes the edge off with plenty of creative comparisons to its familiar namesake, with commentary on “all this friction” and the love that has “been worn away“. It’s an inventive, fresh take on the “hard life” songwriting trope.
Rockford Road is seriously on a roll. If you’re looking for a classic sound that’s undoubtedly authentic and honest while still being full of originality, their single 60 Grit will be right up your alley. And if this sound resonates with you, we’re willing to be the rest of their material will as well – their full album 60 Grit is available on 6/25.
BELOW: Check out our full artist interview with Rockford Road, listen to 60 Grit, and connect with their website and social media platforms. Please support Rockford Road by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!
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60 Grit Premieres on June 25th, 2021