The Infamous Stringdusters just released a new music video for their song “Gravity,” off their thirteen-track album Laws Of Gravity, which was released in January of this year. The song was written by bassist Travis Book along with his singer/songwriter wife Sarah Siskind, with Book explaining the song as a “kind of a straight forward love song.” He elaborated in a press release, “In a lot of ways, it encapsulates the vibe around our relationship and our marriage. The lyric goes, ‘We thought the race was a long run, we didn’t know that we’d win it.’ When you’re in the middle of it you don’t necessarily realize this is it. You think there’s some trajectory but this is what it’s like to be in a relationship. And then hoping that gravity doesn’t let go, the forces that hold the earth together don’t just end and you all just sort of go floating off into space.”The video for “Gravity” was directed by Mara Whitehead, and is a touching nostalgia-inspired video showing moments of young love. After the Infamous Stringdusters’ video was premiered on CMT on the 18th, you can now check it out for yourself below. You can also check the band’s website for upcoming tour dates and to purchase the album here.
When the men in green resume their World Cup campaign against United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on Wednesday, it will be nine days since they signalled intent and demonstrated capability with an opening win over West Indies. That victory, a shock to many but not to the Irish as captain William Porterfield and several other senior players were at pains to point out afterwards, is a consolidation of similar success at previous World Cups. Press Association Ireland’s short-term ambition is to reach the knockout stages Down Under, and victory over fellow qualifiers UAE is a must to that end. But the bigger picture is to shake up world cricket sufficiently to earn a seat at the top table – both in the next World Cup in England and, Ireland hope, as a future Test-playing nation. Niall O’Brien, whose unbeaten 79 ensured a famous four-wicket win over the Windies in Nelson, has since been fighting the Irish cause off the pitch via Twitter. He has welcomed some high-profile help too, from two greats of the game – Sachin Tendulkar, and Mahela Jayawardene. India’s master batsman spoke out in support of increased opportunities for associate nations, and then Jayawardene – after his match-winning hundred against Afghanistan on Sunday – made it clear he does not agree with International Cricket Council plans to streamline future World Cups and therefore make qualification so much harder for teams like Ireland. O’Brien tweeted: “Great to see @sachin_rt getting behind Ireland etc to gain more exposure and more cricket. couldn’t have wished for a better supporter for us.” Jaywardene made the point that his country, World Cup winners in 1996 and runners-up in the last two editions, might never have had those opportunities without a leg-up from global administrators. Jayawardene’s remarks were retweeted by O’Brien. He had told a post-match press conference: “When I was asked that question a couple of years ago I said no to that, because I think Sri Lanka got that same opportunity in 1975 as an associate member. “If we hadn’t had that opportunity, we probably wouldn’t have been here – so I think it’s important that we nurture and we look after these associate members. “They are playing some good cricket – give them the opportunity they deserve.” Ireland must help themselves by staying on course for the knockout stages against a UAE team who lost their opening match to Zimbabwe last week. Ireland continue to press their claims on the world stage, off the field as well as on it.