James Cohen and the Prairie Roots Rockers are exactly who they say they are. And the Winnipeg outfit make that crystal-clear on the new video for their beloved track These Long Nights — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“The origins of this song go back several years,” frontman James Cohen admits. “The general theme is one of loneliness and isolation which, unfortunately, are sentiments many of us can relate to during these difficult times currently. The video attempts to convey a longing for someone special who was perhaps met long ago, not unlike reminiscing about a long-lost romantic partner who we have lost track of and wonder about today. The song isn’t necessarily meant to be sad. But the D minor key it was written in lends itself to a melancholy tone.”
Sadness be damned — to say the song is a keeper for James Cohen and the Prairie Roots Rockers would be an understatement; it was featured in the movie Gone Tomorrow and has been a mainstay on the set list ever since. “It’s one of the audience’s favourites when we play it live,” he adds. “We add a long keyboard solo to it, too, which always goes over well.”
An alumnus of Hollywood’s prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology, Cohen and his bandmates have performed at Canadian Music Week, the Grey Cup Festival and more. A forthcoming album in the works, while James Cohen and the Prairie Roots Rockers are also set to perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2021.