In the summer of 2018, brothers Chris and Oliver Wood and bandmate Jano Rix—together known as the Grammy-nominated Americana trio the Wood Brothers—began breaking in their new Nashville recording studio. They gathered for a series of free-wheeling and informal jam sessions, a chance to just let loose and explore the space without the pressures of making a record. But once they began playing back those improvisational recordings, the trio realized there was something special there. Inspired by the sessions’ freedom and energy, they set to honing the material and crafting lyrics, and the result is their seventh studio album: Kingdom in My Mind, an eleven-song collection that will be released January 24.
One of the songs to come out of the sessions is the soulful “Cry Over Nothing,” which Garden & Gun is proud to premiere. Straddling the line between playful and mournful, the track builds to a shimmering chorus while speaking to the difficulty of maintaining perspective in the midst of a chaotic world. And as always, the band’s stellar musicianship and wry lyrics (“I got daydreams that last all night”) shine through.
“‘Cry Over Nothing’ had good intentions of carrying a positive message—something like ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff,’” Oliver Wood says. “But it ended up with a realization that we humans aren’t always capable of holding it together. As we try to get through our days and cope with our fears and frustrations, we’re bound to build up some anxiety, and at some point, something small can really set us off. Ultimately the cycle seems normal and human.”
Listen to the song below, and catch the Wood Brothers on tour through the rest of year, followed by another string of shows beginning in late January.