Exclusive video premiere: John Wort Hannam’s Acres of Elbow Room

John Wort Hannam is one of Alberta’s finest singer-songwriters — a man who consistently captures what it’s like to live and breathe on the prairies.

His seventh and latest independently released full-length Acres of Elbow drops today, and he’ll be in Calgary Friday, Sept. 14 for a Fish Creek Concert Series show at Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Drive S.W.) to celebrate its release.

Until then, though, Hannam has given theYYSCENE the honour of premiering the video for the second single and title cut of the album.

According to the artist, the song is about missing the open space of the country while living in the city.

Here’s what Hannam had to say about it: 

“I can thank my son for this song.  Before moving to the city of Lethbridge, I spent 20 years in a town of 2000 people. Almost daily I used to push him in the mornings in his stroller down to the Old Man River on the edge of town.  There’s a spot where the paved town road becomes a gravel road as you enter the river valley.  After we moved to the city, my son confided in me that he missed our house and garden but even more so, he missed that place ‘Where the dotted lines turn to gravel.’ So when you hear those words in the song, you now know that they came from my son!”

Please enjoy.

(Photo courtesy David Guenther.)