Moh´kinstsís, AB Cree-Métis singer-songwriter Wyatt C. Louis released this latest single, “Dancing with Sue,” just last week; a tune that evokes the feeling of nostalgia, and yearning for the times in our lives where we feel the happiest and most free. Captured effortlessly through warm tones and colorful song writing, this is the first teaser of new music from Wyatt’s upcoming album this Fall. “I wrote Dancing with Sue to serve as a way to cherish many memories and feelings,” he shares. “As I look back on the past, I’ve seen an experience of moving to a new city and cutting teeth into an eclectic music scene. It’s like learning to walk again but this time it’s much easier.”
Backed by a light, feel-good tone and tempo, it is Wyatt’s soft and haunting voice that captures your attention. Offering a distinct, multi-generational sound through his vocals, I detect part early Neil Young, and part modern day Andy Shauf throughout this sweet folk-country-Americana tune. “Sue taught me to dance, she taught me to move / Now I’m so ready, ready to glide you through / Can’t look at my feet, locked eyes baby,” he recites, supported by a timeless drum-tapping rhythm and vintage country guitar twang. “Getting down with the sun, I, I need you right now / Getting up for the moon, I, I love you right now.”
“I have powerful female teachers in my life that have taught me to dance, to be strong, and to be free in my own way,” Wyatt recalls. “Sue represents these teachers for me. The chorus bounces between the sun and the moon, representing the sun’s influence and strength, juxtaposed with the moon’s admiration and powerful female energy.” Adding a pinch of soul, and a splash of blues, “Dancing with Sue” perfectly blends the authenticity of old country with a modern twist, making this a charming exception to the rule in an age of mass-produced country music. You may not hear this anytime soon on mainstream ‘Nashville-pop’ radio stations (not necessarily a bad thing, IMO), but for those of you with a soft spot for ‘real’ country music, go ahead and give this one a whirl – you just may be surprised.