Red Dirt legend Mike McClure finds guidance in the constellations on the introspective "Orion," the latest release from his forthcoming album Looking Up, which chronicles the last five years of his life and represents a period of renewal for the singer-songwriter.
"And we're all spinning so they say/ But I don't feel like I'm moving," McClure sings. "I get a little closer every day, yeah but closer's got me feeling farther/ Closer's got me feeling farther/ Closer only feels farther away."
McClure says the song was inspired by life on the road and the night sky.
"For a while when I was out touring and wandering, there was a period when every time I looked up into the night sky, I would see the Orion constellation," McClure tells Wide Open Country. "Instantly, it was the first thing I'd see. Anytime I looked up. I'm the type of person that will begin to wonder what it means, when things line up like that, synchronistically. At that time I was married, but alone. And in those moments, I didn't feel so alone. There was a connection to something greater, something more."
Listen to "Orion" below.
McClure launched his career in Stillwater, Oklahoma at The Farm, a two-story yellow house that was a haven for songwriting legends, such as Bob Childers, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jimmy LaFave, Stoney LaRue and more.
McClure was a founding member of the band The Great Divide, whose song "I'd Rather Have Nothing," written by McClure, was recorded by Garth Brooks for his 2005 box set The Lost Sessions. As a producer, he's worked with Cross Canadian Ragweed, Turnpike Troubadours, Tom Skinner, Jason Boland & the Stragglers and more.