The official music video for GRAMMY Award-winning musician and scholar Dom Flemons’ new song, “Traveling Wildfire,” is debuting today. Created by Roller Coaster Road Productions, the video was directed by Sarah Burns and Alex Sherratt with cinematography by Shane Geddes. Watch/share HERE.

Of the video, Flemons shares, “The official ‘Traveling Wildfire’ music video came together when I began working on ‘The Real Wild West’ 4-part documentary series, which will debut as a Curiositystream Original this year. For the shoot, my wife, Vania Kinard, suggested that I perform ‘Traveling Wildfire’ and she also helped coordinate the filming location at the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. We timed the shoot so that we could capture the Arizona sunset and then directors Sarah Burns and Alex Sherratt, along with the entire camera crew, produced some incredible footage of iconic Arizona landscapes. My original song ‘Traveling Wildfire’ was written in a hotel room in Nashville, TN back in 2021 during Hurricane Ida. Now, ‘Traveling Wildfire’ can be heard as the opening theme song for the new original documentary series, ‘The Real Wild West.’ Special thanks to Roller Coaster Road Productions for creating this brilliant music video that brings ‘Traveling Wildfire’ to the spotlight.”

“Traveling Wildfire” is the title track of Flemons’ acclaimed new album, which was released last month on Smithsonian Folkway Recordings (stream/purchase here). Produced by Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Dropkick Murphys) and recorded at Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs, Traveling Wildfire is Flemons’ most personal album to-date as he refocuses on songwriting—reflecting on recent epiphanies and spiritual evolution as well as the current social climate.

Critical acclaim for Traveling Wildfire:

“never wavered in his devotion to the American folk tradition…Traveling Wildfire is full of old materials being reworked in inspiring ways”—Paste

“a peerless creative who is fundamentally linked to the core expression of American history”—The Tennessean

“Voraciously curious, endlessly knowledgeable, and unflaggingly energetic about bringing buried music history to light, Dom Flemons reminds us he can also craft songs for his own personal, present moment with Traveling Wildfire—No Depression

“A preeminent voice of the African-American folk tradition…
spectral, serene, and sometimes a bit sinister, he explores the changing Black experience through themes of survival, rebirth, and love”—Nashville Lifestyles

“Flemons continues to push the boundaries of progressive roots

“he continues to break new ground; moving well beyond his American Songster reputation to bring greater levels of experimentation to his sound”—Holler “listening to the new one from Dom Flemons is like taking a master class in American folk music traditions”—Outsider

“a uniquely talented artist with a fresh yet
familiar sound”—Arizona Daily Sun

“an artist who’s deeply interested in telling the stories we need to hear, as well as giving us a musician who can play, well, pretty much anything”—Americana Highways

“one of the most vital traditional troubadours plying his skills
today”—The Alternate Root

“Romantic without being overly sentimental and political without being high-handed, this release addresses its author’s personal journey, together with that of his forefathers, elegantly and noteworthily”—Lonesome Highway

“a preeminent voice in the world of Piedmont blues”—Blue Ridge Outdoors

In celebration of the record, Flemons will tour through this spring including upcoming shows at Hollywood’s Troubadour, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, New York’s Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Cambridge’s Club Passim, Philadelphia’s World Café Live and Washington, DC’s Bourbon and Bluegrass 2023 (two nights) among many others. See below for complete tour details.

Flemons also recently launched season four of “American Songster Radio Show” on Nashville’s 650 AM WSM, available worldwide via After completing season three this past December with guests like Billy Strings, Mickey Guyton and Steve Martin, the new season focuses on the music and inspiration behind “The Making of Traveling Wildfire.”

Reflecting on the album, Flemons, also known as “The American Songster,” shares, “Traveling Wildfire is not only a statement of my personal travel experiences but also a metaphor for rebirth in the wake of destruction. It reminded me that the album is in its own way a statement about emerging from the depths of uncertainty to find a new relevance during this unprecedented moment in modern history. At the same time, the image of the traveling wildfire reminded me of how music and stories can travel from generation to generation bringing important lessons from the past into the present and the future.”

In addition to Flemons (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, drums, percussion, electric bass, electric guitar, quills) and Hutt (guitar, electric bass), the record also features David Hidalgo (drums), Marc Orrell (pump organ, bells) and Matt Pynn (pedal steel) as well as special guest appearances by Sam Bush and James Fearnley (of The Pogues).

Originally from Phoenix and now based in Chicago, Flemons is a widely celebrated songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, radio host and music historian. Throughout his esteemed career, he has received a GRAMMY Award, been nominated for two Emmy Awards, received an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University, won the 2020 U.S. Artists Fellowship Award for the Traditional Arts, served on the Board of Directors for the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, Folk Alliance International and the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and was elected as a Governor on the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy.

A prolific member of the music community, Flemons has released five solo records to date, including 2018’s Grammy-nominated Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, of which No Depression praised, “He lives and breathes his art. This is an audible extension of the heart and soul and wonders within, a desire to capture the life beat of the original arrangement and melodies of songs,” while PopMatters declared, “a remarkably enlightening presentation of a slice of culture all but whitewashed from our common knowledge.” An avid collaborator, Flemons has worked with a wide variety of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Tyler Childers, Steve Cropper, Fantastic Negrito, Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Strings, Jerry Douglas, Valerie June, Vince Gill, Allison Russell, Taj Mahal and many more.
For more information, please contact Asha Goodman, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

1. Slow Dance With You
2. Dark Beauty
3. If You Truly Love Me
4. Traveling Wildfire
5. It’s Cold Inside
6. We Are Almost Down To The Shore
7. Nobody Wrote It Down
8. Saddle It Around
9. Big Money Blues
10. Old Desert Road
11. Rabbit Foot Rag
12. Tough Luck
13. Song To JCB
14. Guess I’m Doing Fine (feat. Sam Bush)
15. Songster Revival (feat. James Fearnley)

April 19 /// Berkeley, CA /// Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse*
April 22 /// West Hollywood, CA /// Troubadour*
April 25 /// Lubbock, TX /// Cactus Theater+
April 27 /// Wilkesboro, NC /// MerleFest 2023
April 29 /// Mars Hill, NC /// Mars Hill University
May 5 /// Ferndale, MI /// Magic Bag
May 6 /// Aurora, IL /// The Venue
May 16 /// New York, NY /// Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
May 18 /// Cambridge, MA /// Club Passim
May 19 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
May 20 /// Washington, DC /// Bourbon and Bluegrass 2023
May 21 /// Washington, DC /// Bourbon and Bluegrass 2023
May 25 /// Saratoga Springs, NY /// Caffe Lena
May 26 /// Hamden, CT /// Best Video Film & Cultural Center
June 3 /// Brevard, NC /// North Carolina Guitar Celebration Concert
June 17 /// St. Augustine, FL /// Bad Dog Mama
June 23 /// Columbia, SC /// Columbia Museum of Art

*with Dustbowl Revival
+with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Andy Hedges