As Nick and Tyler Talbott stand elbow to elbow in a dark, Imperial, Neb, backyard, bleary eyed at 1:30 a.m., there’s a bittersweet meeting in their voices between joy and woe.
On one hand, their hometown lies before them: in their eyes, the perfect place to settle down, grow a family and cultivate a career. Comfort and security unfolds from their lips in crisp harmony.
The alternative, the path that pulls more strongly from within, is a touring career and a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle the offers sprawling vistas and new experiences: The Ride.
There is resolution in the end as their voices strengthen, affirming the decision that seems at once to tear them apart inside and give them hope. In a way, it’s as though they sing tearfully and consolingly to a lover: I’m sorry, baby, but this is what I was meant for.
Watch The Talbott Brothers perform “Love The Ride” by lamplight — little more than an hour after their 2015 Good Living Tour appearance in their hometown Imperial.