Country crooner Randall King has released a new music video for his sultry slow-burning “Mirror, Mirror.” King’s in prime classic country form on the heart-wrencher as he checks in a cheap roadside motel and downs a few bottles of his favorite whiskey in an attempt to forget his former flame.
The Hereford, Texas native is restless and distraught as he enters the queen size bed single room. A “Do Not Disturb” sign swings back and forth on the door handle as he resorts to a few swigs from his own handle of whiskey. He exchanges cold, hard stares in the mirror as he sings away on the heartbreak song. It’s high and lonesome with sweeps of melancholic pedal steel that warbles at King’s side.
“Mirror, Mirror” marks as the second single on King’s new album, a self-titled full length that was released this past April. It sees him change gears as it follows up the rowdy honky-tonker “Tuggin’ On My Heartstrings.” King wrote the warbling ballad with Lubbock songwriting buddies Brandon Adams and Dalton Domino a couple years back on a songwriter retreat.
“Brandon Adams had come up to me at the campfire,” King told us back in April. “He said he had this song with me in mind. He sang that very first line and I was just like ‘yes, that’s the one.’”
It falls in line with much of King’s brand of country music that sees him patterning himself after ’80s and ’90s neo-traditionalists like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Keith Whitley. Even though he’s just starting out, he shares their sense of style and mood, clever charm and a boisterous croon that is seemingly unmatched.
King’s a revivalist and a student of classic country. It’s not just heard in the lonely sorrow of “Mirror, Mirror” either. You hear it in other fan favorites such as “Takin’ Me a Heartbreak,” “Keep Her on the Line,” “When He Knows Me” and “Cool Under Pressure.”
It’s in part what caught the attention of Brooks earlier this year when he invited King to a co-writing session in Nashville where they wrote “The Road I’m On,’ a new song from Brooks’ highly anticipated new album.
King will join fellow Texas songwriter Kyle Park for a string of shows through Texas and the Midwest this fall—dubbed Dancin’ & Drinkin’ With Kyle Park and Randall King. For more information on show dates, click here.
Kyle Park & Randall King’s Fall Tour
Oct. 18 — Stephenville, Texas — Twisted J Live
0ct. 19 — Wichita Falls, Texas — Boulevard Nightclub
Oct. 20 — Nacogdoches, Texas — Banita Creek Hall
Oct. 25 — Amarillo, Texas — Hoots Pub
Oct. 26 — Lubbock, Texas — Charley B’s
Oct. 27 — Cedar Park, Texas — Wild West
Nov. 14 — Kansas City, Mo. — Knuckleheads
Nov. 15 — Fayetteville, Ark. — George’s Majestic
Nov. 16 — Manhattan, Kan. — The Hat
Nov. 17 — Kearney, Neb. — JD’s Bar
Dec. 20 — Corpus Christi, Texas — Brewster Street Icehouse
Dec. 21 — Spring, Texas — Big Texas Dancehall
Dec. 22 — Beaumont, Texas — Dixie Dancehall