Sally & George has been busy organizing this week's Virgin Islands Relief Concert (more on that in a sec) at the Pour House, but the husband-and-wife duo managed to make time for a video release of Stowaway, off this year's Tip My Heart. The two shot the video last winter during a snow blizzard in New York City as well as during a tour in the Caribbean, so it's fitting to reveal it a few days before the concert benefitting the hurricane-ravaged islands.
"Stowaway," the video, features Shelby Mean's pink ukulele, which is exactly what she used to compose the song on the Caribbean beach of St. Croix. "This was during the early days of our courtship, and I was finishing up a Sol Driven Train tour of the Virgin Islands, while Shelby ("Sally") was performing on the musical cruise, Cayamo," says "George," a.k.a. Joel Timmons of Sol Driven Train. "Our itineraries overlapped in a romantic rendezvous, and I ended up stowing away on the cruise ship and sailing back to Miami with Shelby."
On the single, the two sing about adventure, love, and the longing to be swept away, with the second verse written later that year during a rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. "We spent 17 incredible days and nights on the river and under the stars, and it was on this trip that I realized I wanted to spend my life with Shelby," says Timmons.
Since then, Sally & George have gotten hitched, released their debut, and landed on NPR. Sally & George will perform at Thursday's islands benefit along with the Dubplates, V-Tones, Lindsay Holler, Red Cedar Review, Mechanical River, Sounds of Sand, Jump Castle Riot, Churnstyles, the Lowhills, the Hungry Monks, and more. Music starts on the deck at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. inside. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will go to the Virgin Islands Relief Fund.
Check out the single above and look out for more details on this weekend's benefit in the next issue of the City Paper.