Singer-songwriter, Hannah Bethel, has released the driving, up-tempo single, “Godspeed, Los Angeles.” The track was premiered earlier this week by The Amp. Listen at this link and find it at your favorite digital retailers.
Early support from editorial and high-profile playlists include Amazon Music / Fresh Folk & Americana, Spotify / New Music Nashville, and CMT Next Women of Country.
“Godspeed, Los Angeles” is the second single from Bethel’s forthcoming EP, ‘Until the Sun Comes Back Around,’ set to release on March 25. Her previous single, “Bad News Baby,” was released in late January and garnered attention from Billboard and The Boot, and added to Americana, country, and folk editorial playlists at Amazon Music, Spotify and Tidal, in addition to CMT Next Women of Country, Ditty TV, and Women of Americana playlists, among dozens of others.
“Godspeed, Los Angeles,” written by Bethel, tells the story of the navigation of relationships and the realization when it’s time to separate yourself from that relationship. “I don’t think there is enough space given for men when their confidence falters, when their road becomes unclear and their dreams change,” Bethel says. “I was trying to date a friend who was so wrapped up in his journey that he didn’t have space for anyone else. And that’s okay. I saw it for what it was, and I decided to let it go, with so much love,” she says of the inspiration behind the single.
“When you get to the great wide open
When the desert meets the sea
I hope you finally find the space to breathe
I hope angels dance around you
And you feel the sweetest peace
We know you can’t have it sleeping next to me
Oh, it’s like you’re wound so tight
You ain’t ever coming undone
But in your darkest night
You can’t ever outrun
The beat of your heart and all your regrets
So I hope you fight to the death for your happiness
Godspeed, oh, Los Angeles”
“Godspeed, Los Angeles” was produced by Tim Craven (The Brethren/Boys Club for Girls) and mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer, Brandon Bell (Brandi Carlile/The Highwomen/Miranda Lambert). The track features Bethel on acoustic guitar and vocals, backed by an all-star band, including Sadler Vaden on electric guitar (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit/Morgan Wade), Billy Justineau on synth and B3 (Brothers Osborne/Eric
Church), Jabe Beyer on acoustic guitar (Natalie Hemby/Lucie Silvas), Megan Jane on drums (Erin Enderlin/Molly Tuttle), Peter Sternberg on bass (Brothers Osborne), Tim Craven on electric guitar, percussion, programming loops, and Haley Arnott on harmonies and backing vocals.
Bethel has made waves across multiple formats with her emotionally powerful vocals and soul-baring writing style, earning her a first-place win in the Americana category of the 2019 International Songwriting Competition and as a current finalist for “Best Female Vocalist” (all genres) at this year’s Appalachian Arts + Entertainment Awards.
She is also a proud Featured Artist endorsee of Furch, Gretsch and Taylor Guitars.
Lyrics © 2022 Hannah Bethel/Wildflower Moonshine (SESAC). All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission.