Ernest has released the latest video in his popular Circle Sessions series. In the new instalment, the Tennessee native performs his much-loved Dean Dillon collaboration, ‘What Have I Got To Lose’.
The neo-traditional, steel-drenched ballad was one of the many highlights from Ernest's 2023 Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses deluxe album. The slow-burning ballad transports the listener to George Strait's heartbroken heyday, bringing to mind Strait staples such as ‘I Just Can't Go On Dying Like This’ and ‘I Can Still Make Cheyenne’.
Ernest's new live rendition ensures the retro-leaning, classic country feel of the track is accentuated, with the ‘Flower Shops’ hitmaker delivering the track from the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage, as he does in all his 2023 Circle Sessions performances.
The charismatic ‘What Have I Got To Lose’ video opens with a dimly lit shot of the iconic Opry benches, which viewers have become accustomed to seeing packed-out during Grand Ole Opry TV broadcasts.
However, in Ernest's video, the seats all appear to have been left empty, exacerbating the sense of loneliness and isolation that is laced into the DNA of ‘What Have I Got To Lose’.
We soon find out that one bench does in fact have an occupant, as we see a forlorn-looking Ernest sat staring out into the distance. As he begins singing, he makes his way into the legendary ‘circle’ on the Opry stage, with the song then building to an irresistible crescendo.
The Circle Sessions version of ‘What Have I Got To Lose’ follows Ernest's Opry renditions of ‘This Fire’ and the John Mayer-penned ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’, which he covered on his socials earlier in the year.
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