The Americana singer-songwriter from Brevard, North Carolina, comes out of the gate with something deep and deeply enjoyable.

There must be something musical in the water in Brevard. The town in western North Carolina is a mecca for classical, bluegrass, and folk, with its world-famous Brevard Music Center and nonstop festivals and concerts featuring everything from mountain music to blues.

Grammy-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers hail from Brevard. So does exciting new Americana singer-songwriter Clint Roberts.

His debut single, “Nero’s Waltz,” was a Rolling Stone Country Music Pick when it came out in late September.

Recorded at Ocean Way Nashville Studio, the track enlists A-listers Gordan Mote (keys), Dan Dugmore (guitar, pedal steel, lap steel), Fred Eltringham (drums, percussion), Brian Sutton (acoustic guitar, mandolin), and Mark Hill (bass). Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Maddie & Tae, Sara Evans, Eric Clapton, Kip Moore, Love and Theft, Rascal Flatts) works his producing magic, too.

But the acoustic version of the tune — we’re premiering the video here — proves that even on his own with just his guitar, Roberts is a distinctive talent with the ability to capture emotion and offer insightful commentary on the human condition and the times we struggle with.

Read the full premiere and watch the video here.

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