Although Teddy and the Rough Riders have yet to release an album, the Nashville-based country-rock ensemble have already found fans in Margo Price, who’s produced their forthcoming self-titled debut, and Orville Peck, who’s taken them out on the road to open a string of shows for him. With that first record set to drop on July 1, the group is sharing another new single today titled “Dance Floor Blues,” which features the Rough Riders’ signature rollicking instrumental balancing cool pedal steel guitar and a hip-hop-inspired drum beat.
“I always imagined this song to be describing classic heartbreak on the dance floor,” the band’s Ryan Jennings shares. “You see little relationships formed and ended out at the honky tonks, or really any dance bar. You may fall in love and get devastated all in one night! Or maybe you just love to dance all night and feel close with someone for a second. So the song mainly tells a story of a couple out drinkin’ and dancing, doin’ drugs and tellin’ lies. Or maybe it’s about convincing someone sitting at the bar that they gotta get up and go ask someone to dance.”
Along with the track comes a Dylan Carver–directed visual filmed at Joshua Tree. “Dylan found some great line dancers, and we could really hit the cosmic country aspects of the desert together,” Jennings notes. Watch it below.