Unspoken Tradition Unveils Music Video for ‘Irons in the Fire’
October 7, 2021
Western North Carolina’s Unspoken Tradition has released a music video for their latest single, “Irons in the Fire,” which captures the corrosive effects of dreams deferred and the anxiety and urgency that surround our collective emergence from the enforced idleness of quarantine (press “play” button above to watch video on this post).
Though its musical drive is squarely in the bluegrass wheelhouse, “Irons in the Fire” takes level aim at a thoroughly contemporary state of mind in its insistent refrain, “Where’s all the freedom I’ve been hoping for for so long?”—and the result is, as lead singer Audie McGinnis notes, quintessential Unspoken Tradition: “This song spoke to me on first listen; there was no ‘break in’ period to allow it to grow on me. Early on in the band’s life, we started using the slogan ‘working class bluegrass’ as an attempt to brand ourselves and connect with our audience. I still think we hold true to that slogan today. With that in mind, it just feels like this song was written for us.”
Songwriter Aaron Bibelhauser adds, “In the bluegrass world, many of us juggle much more than just a career as a professional musician. Some of us have full time day jobs, side gigs as a session musician, radio host, songwriter, etc.—and there’s always behind-the-scenes music business work to be done as well. That sentiment is strikingly obvious within the top shelf delivery of ‘Irons in the Fire’ from Unspoken Tradition. Ironically, my co-writer and uncle, Steve Guenthner, retired from his own career in the business world shortly before I asked him to lend a hand with this song. He certainly provided some contrasting wisdom to bring the song full circle in recognizing that, no matter how much work there is left to do, or how challenging the road ahead appears, freedom lies in the path forward… the journey, not the destination.”