Fresh from the warm reception of “No Place To Go,” the first single from ‘My Blues Pathway’, Kirk Fletcher releases the follow-up single/video “Ain’t No Cure For The Downhearted” – another deeply soulful track that wears its passionate heart on its sleeve. Fletcher is one of the most revered blues guitarists in music today who channels the many varied emotions of the human experience into songs that are both moving and challenging. With expressive vocals, Fletcher’s guitar riffs and solo are pure gold in this rhythmic, cool tune.
“Ain’t No Cure For The Downhearted” is a moving portrait of a person seeking fulfillment, or “cure” for their depression, in external things. Fletcher explains, “This song is about people who shift the blame of all the things in their life that they regret. People who judge their life by other people’s success or their so-called happiness.”
The video echoes and expands on these sentiments, showing vignettes of people contemplating their life choices culminating in the scene of an old man walking alone, broken down, his unfulfilled life nearly at an end. It’s a powerful expression of the kind of downheartedness that only the blues can communicate. But there are also subtle traces of hope in Fletcher’s song toward the end as he references one of humanity’s greatest moral leaders (“It was a great man once said he had a dream”) and the video shows scenes of people marching for justice.
Kirk Fletcher says, “This song is about people who shift the blame of all the things in their life that they regret. People who judge their life by other people’s success or their so-called happiness.”
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Guitar and Vocals by Kirk Fletcher – Bass by Travis Carlton – Drums by Lemar Carter – Keyboards by Jeff Babko – Written by Kirk Fletcher.
Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, he has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers, and fans across the globe. He is a four-time Blues Music Award and a 2015 British Blues Award nominee and has played with a variety of popular artists, including Joe Bonamassa and was guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.