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Bartees Strange shares “Hold The Line” ahead of ‘Farm To Table’—listen

In "Hold The Line," Bartees Strange explores Black perseverance.

May 12, 2022
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Bartees Strange has dropped “Hold The Line,” the latest single from upcoming album Farm To Table. The mournful track was written in honor of George Floyd‘s daughter, Gianna.

Strange wrote the song during the first pandemic summer in an effort to “make sense of what was happening in the U.S., his neighborhood and his community at that moment.”

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In “Hold The Line,” Strange explores Black perseverance and whether there’s any hope of escape from struggle other than heaven. Strange’s guitar punctuates each of his statements and questions with a plaintive cry, almost as if it’s looking for answers as well.

Strange also commented on the nature of Gianna’s forced maturation, saying, “I remember watching George Floyd’s daughter talk about the death of her father and thinking, ‘Wow – what a sad introduction to Black American life for this young person.’ It was painful to watch her grow up in that moment, like all Black kids eventually do.”

Farm To Table arrives June 17, with physical copies releasing Oct. 7.

Strange is currently on tour. See if he’s coming to your city, and get your tickets here.

Check out “Hold The Line” below.

Farm To Table tracklisting

1. “Heavy Heart”
2. “Mulholland Dr”
3. “Wretched”
4. “Cosigns”
5. “Tours”
6. “Hold the Line”
7. “We Were Only Close for Like Two Weeks”
8. “Escape This Circus”
9. “Black Gold”
10. “Hennessy”

Bartees Strange tour dates

05/13 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Block Party
07/03 — Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter 2022
07/04 — Cologne, DE @ Helios37
07/05 — Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
07/07 — Berlin, DE @ Badehaus
07/09 — Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival 2022
07/11 — Munich, DE @ Milla
07/12 — Fribourg, CH @ Festival Les Georges
07/13 — Rees-Haldern, NL @ Haldern Pop Bar
07/14 — Amsterdam, NL @ Upstairs @ Paradiso
07/16 — Leeds, UK @ Community Room @ Brudenell Social Club
07/17 — Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Café
07/19 — Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
07/20 — Brighton, UK @ Patterns
07/21 — London, UK @ Powerhaus
07/22 — Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/29 — Omaha, NE @ Maha Festival 2022
08/07 — Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
08/08 — Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater
08/09 — Ogden, UT @ Ogden Amphitheater
08/10 — Dillon, CO @ Dillon Amphitheater\
08/13 — North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
08/26 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
10/01 — Columbia, MD @ All Things Go Music Festival

Written by Kwase Lane