Despite their silly band name, we fell hard for the quirky electro-folk sounds of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s debut album It’s A Corporate World, naming it number 19 on our Best Albums list of 2011. For their latest music video, the Detroit-based duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott have crafted a love letter to their hometown with a fantastic, soulful cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s We Almost Lost Detroit. While the tune was originally written as a reaction to a partial nuclear meltdown at Fermi 1, located about halfway between Detroit and Columbus, Ohio, the band has embraced it as an anthem for the revitalized spirit of a city that has fallen on hard times.
The video features Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. driving around the Motor City, while showcasing “the people who we feel represent the city of Detroit.” Let’s check it out…
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has also shared their insight on the song and video, which you can check out here. You can purchase the We Almost Lost Detroit 12″ EP tomorrow on Record Store Day.