VIDEO PREMIERE: John Inghram Stays in the Present with Soulful Rocker “Palisades”

Photo credit: Sam Wiseman


For nearly two decades bassist, composer, and producer John Inghram has been making a name for himself as one of the most sought-after musicians in the Appalachian region, Mid-Atlantic and beyond. John tours and performs regularly with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (2011 Winner of “America’s Got Talent” ), jazz pianist Bob Thompson (Mountain Stage), bluegrass mandolinist Johnny Staats, and jam band Fletcher’s Grove. In addition to these, John performs regularly on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show and serves as the show’s assistant producer. He has also toured with and/or backed up musical luminaries such as Chuck Prophet, Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Joshua Hedley, Catherine Russell (Steely Dan, Bowie), Roosevelt Collier, Larry Coryell, Branford Marsalis, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s Mcgee), Patrick Sweany, Christian Lopez and many more.

Most recently, John has stepped out from his support role as a bassist and sideman into a solo artist in his own right. His self-titled debut album, which is due out May 13th, as a leader was mixed, mastered and engineered by Justin Francis in Nashville, TN at RMC Sounds, and features Adam Meisterhans and Bud Carroll on guitars, Micah Hulscher (Margo Price) and Randy Gilkey on keys, Sam Wiseman on drums, and special guest mandolin phenom and vocalist Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize.

Today Glide is excited to premiere the lyric video for the new track “Palisades.” Backed by soulful organ and jagged guitar, Inghram brings together Americana, folk-rock, and a kind of laid back 70s rock sound to make for a song that feels reflective yet forward-thinking. With its lyrics that speak to living in the moment and embracing the present, Inghram proves once again to have a penchant for crafting smart tunes that resonate in a universal way and then complementing them with big guitar solos and an inviting, full-band sound.

Inghram describes the inspiration behind the tune:

“Palisades was the first song I wrote when I decided to do this project in the winter of 2019. The essence of the song is that it’s in our nature to always look ahead and try to cut our own paths, but all the while we dwell on how we could’ve handled the past differently. The reality is that in a strange way all we really have is the here and now. The present tense. And that path more often than not gets cut for us in ways we could have never predicted. Much like a musical improvisation, the trick is to have no expectations and “surrender to the flow.” I didn’t realize exactly how the idea behind this song was going to be magnified in the months after writing it. It seemed appropriate that this song would open the record.”

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