Clint Wilson is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne who released his debut album, Dark Water, in 2018 and last year released the wonderful single ‘One Button at a Time’ featuring Jen Mize. Wilson is preparing to release his second album, Another Death in the Family, on 31 July and ahead of that is about to release the new single ‘Couldn’t Promise You Rain #4’.
The song tells the story of a husband who can promise his wife love, but can’t promise her rain – and all that rain represents for a family working the land. Wilson consistently produces songs that are emotional without being sentimental, because of the restraint he shows in lyrics and delivery.
‘I got the idea for the song on a flight to Brisbane,’ says Wilson. ‘I was looking out the window and I couldn’t believe just how dry it was out there. I was imagining a couple struggling with the financial burden caused by drought.’
The song was co-written with country music legend Kevin Bennett, and recorded in Wilson’s home studio just before lockdown, with Wilson and his band members producing the track themselves. Wilson also produced the video, which was shot on his uncle’s farm near Gippsland and which has its premiere here today.
‘He showed me this old Massey Ferguson,’ says Wilson of his uncle, ‘and it pretty much told the story itself – parts held together with electrical tape and cable ties, but getting the job done nevertheless.’