It’s a song by popular Kentucky songwriter, Aaron Bibelhauser, written with Steve Guenthner, which guitarist and lead singer Audie McGinnis says is a perfect fit for the group’s blue collar vibe.
“This song spoke to me on first listen; there was no ‘break in’ period to allow it to grow on me. Early on in the band’s life, we started using the slogan ‘working class bluegrass’ as an attempt to brand ourselves and connect with our audience. I still think we hold true to that slogan today. With that in mind, it just feels like this song was written for us.”
Audie is supported by bandmates Ty Gilpin on mandolin, Tim Gardner on fiddle, Sav Sankaran on bass, and Zane McGinnis on banjo.
They give the song a nice bluegrass treatment, which Bibelhauser says allows its positive message to shine through.
“In the bluegrass world, many of us juggle much more than just a career as a professional musician. Some of us have full time day jobs, side gigs as a session musician, radio host, songwriter, etc. — and there’s always behind-the-scenes music business work to be done as well. That sentiment is strikingly obvious within the top shelf delivery of Irons In The Fire from Unspoken Tradition. Ironically, my co-writer and uncle, Steve Guenthner, retired from his own career in the business world shortly before I asked him to lend a hand with this song. He certainly provided some contrasting wisdom to bring the song full circle in recognizing that, no matter how much work there is left to do, or how challenging the road ahead appears, freedom lies in the path forward… the journey, not the destination.”
To drive the point home even further, the video was shot in an actual blacksmith’s shop, with multiple actual irons in the fire.
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It will also be included on their next project with Mountain Home Music Company.