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Watch James Wallace and the Naked Light’s Extraordinarily Intimate ‘To the River’ Clip

James Wallace / Photo by Josh Goleman

James Wallace and the Naked Light’s recently released debut album, More Strange News From Another Star (out on Dialog Records), channels a long-forgotten intimacy, when listeners discovered young, fascinating folk storytellers at candlelit cafés, not on Vimeo pages. The Nashville outfit’s just-released video for “To the River” splits that difference: the Paul Greenhouse-directed clip captures a hushed, solo performance from Wallace, seen entirely through the pupil of an admirer. Reportedly shot in a single take, the clip’s extreme close-up briefly drifts from its subject, only to follow a single tear as it rolls down the fan’s cheek.

James Wallace and the Naked Light tour dates:

May 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulte Theater
May 7 – Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom
May 8 – Boone, NC @ Boone Saloon
May 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret
May 10 – Evansville, IN @ Lamascos
May 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
May 12 – Fayetteville, AR @ Rouge Bar
May 13 – Fort Worth, TX @ Live Oak
May 14 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ
May 15 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theater
May 17 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
May 18 – Columbus, GA @ Cut Bait Music Festival