The Steel Woods, ‘Rock That Says My Name’ [Exclusive Premiere]
Nashville roots rockers the Steel Woods are premiering their new song "Rock That Says My Name" exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play above to listen.
"Rock That Says My Name" is the kind of song that vacillates between a hard-driving melody and road-weary vocals, which is pretty fitting considering that its title references a headstone. "Well I ain't afraid of dyin' / 'Cause I know where I'll go / There I'll live forever on the streets that are made of gold," goes the chorus. "'Til then, I'll keep on workin', you won't hear me complain / Every day, I'll tip my hat to the rock that says my name."
Pay close attention to the Bible verse at the end: The meaning of Matthew 6:21 -- "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" -- is essentially translated into a rugged, rootsy cautionary tale on "Rock That Says My Name."
Comprised of Jason "Rowdy" Cope, Wes Bayliss, Johnny Stanton and Jay Tooke, the Steel Woods are preparing to release their sophomore album, Old News, on which "Rock That Says My Name" appears. The project follows their acclaimed 2017 debut disc, Straw in the Wind, and stays in keeping with the band's interest in plain-spoken ballads and storytelling that doesn't shy away from the darker side of life.