Following a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $30,000, North Carolina’s alternative blues/soul artist Rebekah Todd recently announced the release of her sophomore full-length album, Crooked Lines, set for 2/17/17 . Rebekah made this announcement along with the release of the album’s debut song, ” Hustle ,” a track with a brilliant blend of pop and funk, and today, Rebekah has partnered with AXS to premiere the official music video for “Hustle.” Lyrically, ” Hustle ” is a tune about working day in and day out to make ends meet. As a former street musician and solo touring artist, Todd knows all about the “hustle” of driving through the night, sleeping in her car in Wal-Mart parking lots, and playing street corners with her guitar just to make enough gas money to get to the next city.
The video for ” Hustle ” was filmed in Wilmington and Raleigh, North Carolina, in areas where a multitude of people were performing every few blocks. These performers are very interesting characters as some of them, specifically the saxophone player that we see, Glen McRae , are staples in the downtown Wilmington busking scene. The performers have their set spots that they go to on a daily basis to entertain locals and tourists as they drift through the shops and restaurants. The video also introduces local Raleigh legend, the ” No Hand King ,” Rodney Hines , who is incredibly driven and currently holds the world record for popping a wheelie with no hands for a total of six hours without letting his front tire touch the ground. Raleigh locals know of Rodney Hines as a man who never quits and often see him riding downtown, “hustling,” and practicing for his next world record. Rebekah was thrilled to include these individuals for her video, to show off what it looks like to ” Hustle .” Watch the inspiring and uplifting new music video exclusively via AXS.com here.
Growing up in the small town of Benson, North Carolina, Rebekah Todd has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember. At 11 years old, Rebekah’s father, a musician himself, gave her a black acoustic Washburn guitar and taught her to play. Flooding the house with sounds of classic rock and folk, her father played everything from Pink Floyd to the Righteous Brothers, leading Rebekah to instantly find her musical niche somewhere between melodic soul and alternative folk rock. Growing into her soulful voice and and musical style, the singer-songwriter started to pull inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, citing passionate singer/songwriters like Lauryn Hill and Susan Tedeschi as her inspiration and shaping the music she writes and performs today. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from East Carolina University in 2012, Rebekah has been devoting her life to writing and touring. Currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Rebekah is a gifted performer with a natural, soulful, and effortless voice and two releases under her belt, releasing her debut EP, Forget Me Not, in 2011, and first LP, Roots Bury Deep, in 2014. Playing over 170 gigs in just 12 short months, her band Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey won the On The Rise series for FloydFest 2016 and are set to play the mainstage in 2017 alongside acts such as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels and Rope, and Turkuaz.
Head to AXS today to watch the official music video for ” Hustle .” Crooked Lines, is set for release on February 17, 2017 and can be pre-ordered here . Head to RebekahTodd.com for more information, show dates, and more.