Watch Wynonna Judd’s First Music Video in 14 Years, for ‘Keeps Me Alive’
Wynonna Judd has released her first music video in 14 years. Click play to watch the haunting video for her latest single, “Keeps Me Alive.”
Directed by Todd Cassetty and filmed at the historic Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the video for “Keep Me Alive” is a visually arresting and layered clip that perfectly matches the evocative emotion inspired by the song. Soaked in deep blues and reds, the video for “Keep Me Alive” finds Judd exploring the home and grounds of the old mansion as if she were a ghost, lit only by candles and a fading sunset.
“Keeps Me Alive” is the latest single from Judd’s 2016 album Wynonna and the Big Noise, her first full-length studio album in over a decade. She made the record with her husband and former Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser, who is also featured in the video for “Keeps Me Alive,” alongside his wife and other members of the band. And while Judd’s powerhouse vocals are on full display, they are only made stronger by the slide-guitar mastery of former Allman Brothers Band member Derek Trucks, who is a prominent force in the video as well.
In more ways than one, “Keeps Me Alive” is the perfect choice of a new single, as it encapsulates many of the themes found in Wynonna and the Big Noise. Her first release of original material since 2003’s What the World Needs Now Is Love, Judd’s latest album finds the singer revealing a whole new side of both her music and her life — one that is more raw and vulnerable than anything we’ve seen from the country singer to date.
“It’s just me letting it go, just being myself,” Judd tells Rolling Stone. “It’s the fiber of my being. It’s being in a darkness that is so dark that your soul cries out to get relief. Because of where I’ve been and the hell I’ve been through and just the primal, guttural cry with which I have shed many a tear over children, death, divorce, being in the music business for 37 years as part of my journey, I think this record is my musical coming-out party where I’m just letting everything come to the surface.”
Judd is one of the most successful mainstream country artists of all time, both with her mother Naomi in the Judds and now as a solo artist. Wynonna and the Big Noise brings the singer back to her bluegrass and Americana roots, pulling in renowned artists from the genre to help, including Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and well-known blues singer Susan Tedeschi, who also happens to be married to Trucks. Stapleton co-wrote the album’s first track, and Isbell lends his vocals to a song entitled “Things That I Lean On.” The singer is currently in the middle of her Roots & Revival Tour, which will hit over a dozen cities through the end of October.