Dillon Carmichael has country music in his blood. The Kentucky-native is the nephew of country stars John Michael Montgomery and Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry. But even without that family tradition, Carmichael's country cred would be on full display on his song "Old Flame," one of many hard-won honky tonk songs from his forthcoming album Hell on an Angel (out on Oct. 26).
Today, Wide Open Country is premiering the acoustic performance video for "Old Flame," a cautionary tale in the form of a slow-burning Outlaw-era country tune that would sound at home in the impressive catalog of Carmichael's heroes Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings or Vern Gosdin. Filmed at Nashville's Ocean Way studios, the stripped-down version of the song puts Carmichael's booming, gritty voice front and center.
"I'm dancin' with the devil/ And there's no one else to blame," Carmichael sings. "I'm playing with fire/Pourin' gasoline on an old flame."
Carmichael says the song was born out of a real experience, but chooses to let the music speak for itself.
"This song I wrote by myself at my mother's kitchen table after going through an experience I will never forget," Carmichael tells Wide Open Country. "I'll let the song tell the story."
Hell on an Angel, produced by Dave Cobb, is Carmichael's debut album.
Carmichael's new single "Dancing Away With My Heart" was sent to country radio this week.