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Video Premiere: Caitlin Anne Webster Celebrates the Beauty of the Natural World on 'Powhatan River Blues'

Emily Quirk

Americana artist Caitlin Anne Webster chronicles a perfect day on the alluring bluesy folk number "Powhatan River Blues." The song was inspired by Virginia's Powhatan River (now called the James River) and the memories Webster shared with her sister there.

"I was listening to a lot of Blaze Foley and Karen Dalton and had started getting into Doc Watson at the time I wrote this song. It was springtime in LA. I was just nostalgic for the days I spent in my early twenties going out to the James River (formerly the Powhatan River) during the summertime when I was living in Richmond, Virginia. On many of my days off, my younger sister Zoë and I would take to the river and find a big rock to lay on for as long as we pleased. There was one day in particular when we had our feet in the water and were admiring the way the plants below the surface swayed with the current. Eventually, we had to let them tickle our feet for a while," Webster tells Wide Open Country. "Sounds silly, but it was just a beautiful moment of appreciating nature and finding a moment to stop and notice how everything around us has a life of its own, and just how beautiful and powerful the natural world is. I always feel my best out in the woods, or by a flowing river. I think a lot of folks would do better to unplug from the world of social media and take the time to enjoy the natural beauty of the world around us. And that's kind of what influenced the song."

The video, directed by Joshua Zev Nathan and Drey Jordan Singer , was shot on a beach at 2 a.m.

"It was brisk out, to say the least; so we pepped up and waited for the moon to sit just so, and the tide to cooperate and we got the shot and eventually got outta there around 5:30 or 6," Webster says. "Everything else about the shoot was a breeze."

 Watch the video for "Powhatan River Blues" below.

"Powhatan River Blues" credits:
Directed by Joshua Zev Nathan and Drey Jordan Singer
Chief Lighting Technician: Chad Hladki
Dolly Grip: Alex Robinson
Visual Effects: Ben Thompson
Special Thanks to Panavision

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Video Premiere: Caitlin Anne Webster Celebrates the Beauty of the Natural World on 'Powhatan River Blues'