Dennis J. Leise is a student of his craft. If a new path opens up for him, he will follow it wholeheartedly. If the path leads him out of Chicago and into Gary, Indiana, then he will set up shop there, complete with pigs, goats, and chickens. And if, while there, he finds an appreciation for gospel music … well, then you get the rollicking “Nobody’s Comin’”.
There is a showtune-ish energy to “Nobody’s Comin’”, which begins with nostalgic blues-folk led by a trickling piano that swells into something more rambunctious. The story is clear: we are wasting time waiting for salvation when we can lend a hand and save ourselves. Director Rob Fitzgerald shows this by putting Leise in the role of a preacher attempting to set up a church on his land — and then allowing the realization that we must save our world ourselves take over. The love for Leise’s new town comes through as the musician dances and strums his way around the area, cleaning up and spreading joy.
Organ solos, rockabilly rhythms, and joyful dance moves come together for an optimistic Americana anthem that has as much character as it does a message.