Don’t let the song title “On Our Own” fool you. The dynamic track from Hope Country’s newest project was inspired by two important figures in frontman Brent Johnson’s life.
“The idea of ‘On Our Own’ came from a thought of being all alone with God. I ended up writing a love story, about my wife Ashley and me,” Johnson tells CMT Edge. “Life can get so busy. Some days are harder than others, but at the end of the day, we have each other, we need to cherish our days, our time on this earth. One day, we will have children, and they will eventually have their own love stories. Ahhhhh!”
Johnson co-wrote “On Our Own” with William Weigel and Twin Forks’ Chris Carrabba, and the song’s swelling melodies might remind listeners of the Avett Brothers, the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. However, the video shoot stayed close to home. The performance footage comes from a record release show at 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis while other scenes were shot in Minnesota at the Johnsons’ house in St. Paul and at Afton State Park in Afton.
Asked if any scenes in particular still stand out, Johnson replies, “There are a couple of parts that will always make me laugh. The part where Ashley and I are in the field and I’m swinging her around and spanking her butt! My personality is shining through on that one. Also, when we are in the water. I really do not like being in water without aqua sox or water shoes. They made me get in, and the whole time, I was so uncomfortable. I grew up on a farm, and I’ve walked through lots of poop in my days. I should be tough, but I’m a wimp.”
Johnson won’t be on his own next week for a string of tour dates. Hope Country will play a hometown show in Minneapolis with Nashville-based friends Judah & the Lion on Nov. 13, followed by gigs together in Chicago on Nov. 14 and Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 15.
“I’m so excited and honored to be able to open for Judah & the Lion. Such a great group of folks,” he says. “I’ll be playing songs from the new record, Water, Land & Sky, along with some brand new songs. I’ll talk about football because I love football, plus I’ll tell a bunch of jokes — basically just weird stories about growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.”
Take a look at Hope Country’s “On Our Own.”