If you’re going to write a song called “Huck Finn,” you might as well do it by a river.
Stewart Mann of the Statesboro Revue tells CMT Edge he was at home in New Braunfels, Texas, about a block from the inviting Guadalupe River, when inspiration struck.
His brother Garrett Mann, who’s also in the band, was messing around on guitar, so Stewart put down the book he was reading — which was about Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn — and went to a back room to work on the idea.
“After about 15-20 minutes, I came out and had a finished song,” Stewart said. “I played it for Garrett, and lo and behold, according to him, my chord progression was very similar to what he had been playing before I left the room. Unbeknownst to me, I had subconsciously ripped off his chord progression and wrote a song around it.”
In a generous gesture of brotherhood, the Manns share writing credit on “Huck Finn,” a track from the band’s newest album, Ramble on Privilege Creek. During the video shoot in Texas, however, one slick character tried to sneak on camera.
“I really liked the scene where we’re swimming in the river because despite it being pretty cold, out (in October), we were all able to just let loose and not worry too much about acting,” Stewart says. “There was also a water moccasin that swam up right before we started filming the river shots, and so the girls were literally freaked out the entire time we were in the water!”
Check out the Texas twang — or would that be Twain? — of the Statesboro Revue’s “Huck Finn.”