Singer-songwriter Roots Billy Woodward should release a new single”hopeless highwayon April 22 in anticipation of his next LP The Bay Boy. Tied with poignancy, the track details an odyssey in which the listener can imagine the character at hand sojourning through life as he oscillates between finding the light or wallowing in the dark. Drawing on compelling inspiration throughout, including his own story, Woodward explains that what took shape was a “sort of biographical narrative.” The song, he says, is “my way of sorting out how I felt walking and talking like things [were] okay when, in fact, they were anything but. He goes on to share the intense sense of loss and loneliness he felt years ago in the face of grief, and how despite his best efforts to run away from it, he seemed to “stick to [him] like tar” and “swallow [him] entire.”
Although the record acted as personal ‘therapy’ for Woodward as he attempted to ‘find clarity, meaning or even just closure’ from his own past, its storytelling offers relatability to all with its poetic openness. . Lyrically, “Heartworn Hopeless Highway” is an authentic reflection of all of us and our daily efforts to choose strength in the midst of difficulty. Thus, and despite its gravelly, contemplative and melancholic instrumentation, the song is inevitably about one thing: resilience. “Somehow I kept singing, as the stars fell. Digging up dirt from my cold, cold floor,” Woodward sings. He explains that the dossier is a reminder that “no one can force your hand to help you”, but once this “voluntary action” is taken, you can begin to “carry the burden and hopefully move on to a state of acceptance and strength.” Adding, “‘Heartworn Hopeless Highway’ is ultimately about hope for redemption in the face of tragedy and the honesty it takes to achieve it.”
Listeners can stream “hopeless highwayhitting all major streaming platforms on April 22.