Silver Lake 66 Announces Single, "Ragged Heart"
The new single from Americana duo Silver Lake 66, about a well-worn heart and a broken relationship, is a modern take on California country, inspired by the ‘60s Bakersfield sound and performed by a stripped-down, just-the-facts backing band. Straight from the heart, Maria Francis sings about a hopeful love that doesn’t stop in spite of past mistakes and pain. The pedal steel guitar soars with an edgy telecaster adding fuel that makes the song go down like a smooth shot of bourbon. "Ragged Heart" is the second single and title track of Silver Lake 66’s latest album, and is available on all streaming platforms on February 25.
"Ragged Heart" was inspired by the life of the late singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt and his struggles with addiction and mental health issues. Maria Francis, who sings the song, wrote it after watching a documentary on his troubled, turbulent life and those who loved him. In this song, the estranged couple is still in love but struggling. Moving forward means forgiving the pain of the past and letting go. In between the pedal steel fills, a 12-string guitar jangles while a telecaster barks, and the rhythm section provides the heartbeat to create a simple backdrop for that classic Americana twang that embodies love and loss.
Silver Lake 66 is Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo, who weave classic country, folk, and blues throughout their music. To that, they add a cross-country sojourn and a double-lifetime’s worth of real-world experience that flavors their work. On their new album, Ragged Heart, rich, impeccable harmonies and bold guitar playing are a common thread, tying together a heart that is ragged around the edges but still beating strong. With Ragged Heart, Maria and Jeff continue to give us the truth of their experience through their music.
Ragged Heart Track Listing
- Blue Earth County
- Ragged Heart
- Faded Tattoo
- Check Out to Cash
- Hard Thing to Do
- Like a River
- Broken Dreams and Cigarettes
- Such a Mess
About Silver Lake 66
Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana as Silver Lake 66. With an amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues, their songs have been hailed by numerous publications and radio stations. For nearly a decade through the 1990s, Francis and Overbo called Los Angeles their home. During that time, they fronted a band called The Ruby Trees. As The Ruby Trees, the couple performed in a slew of local LA clubs, which includes appearances at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at The World-Famous Palomino Club. During this time, they also contributed a song to A Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3 (Restless). They joined industry veterans Dale Watson, The Hellecasters and Harry Dean Stanton on the release. Silver Lake 66 was born after a musical hiatus and a move to Portland. The couple connected with like-minded Portland musicians who helped provide inspiration to get back into music. Silver Lake 66’s debut album, Let Go or be Dragged (2016) has been featured in The Huffington Post, No Depression, and For Folk’s Sake. Their upcoming album, Ragged Heart, is out April 2019.