"Do No Harm" (official music video) from TRUTH OR DARE


Truth or Dare encompasses several interwoven story arcs about infatuation, love, and loss, with Hurricane Florence as the backdrop. During this fateful year, Rebekkah met her partner, Michael. In an act of solidarity and support, mind-blowing so early in their relationship, Michael drove with Rebekkah into the path of Hurricane Florence to get her mother out of danger, and all three were chased upland with the storm on their heels. Rebekkah had recently moved to coastal North Carolina to help her mother, following a botched surgery, and it turned out to be the last year of her mother's life. She passed away on Christmas morning of 2018.

Rebekkah lost her father to cancer less than a year later, and Chris lost his much-admired grandfather shortly thereafter.

Threaded among these stories of loss are the love stories between Rebekkah and Michael, and between Chris and his wife, Kim.

The Guitar: 1995 Fender Telecaster ("Florence")

There is a guitar you’ll hear through all of the tracks on the album. She, too, is a survivor of Hurricane Florence and the devastating flooding along coastal North Carolina. Chris tells her story:

Six months after the storm, a neighbor, Dr. Dunn, came by my restaurant (Silos) and said he had some guitars that had been forgotten and left under the stairs (in the town of Oriental, many houses are on stilts). The guitars had been submerged in saltwater for weeks. Dr. Dunn, figuring they were ruined, said to hang them up in the restaurant as decoration, so I did.

After a year of the guitars drying out on the wall, I wanted to see if I could fix any of them. It turns out that one of the guitars was a very special Fender Telecaster, a Johnny Greenwood setup. So I got together with a friend and took the guitar completely apart, sanded, sanded, and sanded some more, and found the beautiful natural wood underneath the lacquer and paint (the guitar had been pure black before it drowned). I located the exact electronics and pickups to go in it, assembled it all and plugged it in. WOW! What a great sound. I’ve played many styles of guitars throughout 30 years of playing and the tone of this guitar was incredible.

For our first recording session in Asheville NC, I brought a 1990 Les Paul, 1964 Gibson SG, 1972 Fender Stratocaster, and the 1995 Fender Telecaster (of course I call her Florence), to record Truth or Dare. I used Florence for every song we recorded. The tone was just amazing -- there must be something about the saltwater that runs through the wood now. I don’t know but it just sounded great!


Rebekkah's mother had hip surgery in the spring of 2018. It didn't go well, and she was left paralyzed from the waist down and in tremendous pain. In retrospect, it was the beginning of the end for her.

Along the way, never ones to miss an opportunity to laugh at circumstances, Rebekkah and her mother joked darkly about whether some surgeons might actually be serial killers. After all, the phrase "surgeons bury their mistakes" rings true for good reason.

Rebekkah wrote the lyrics to the song while driving up to Asheville to visit Michael, and actually had to stop at one point along the road so she could capture the first couple of verses before they were lost. The rest was written in the hotel room that night.

Rebekkah's mom got to hear the initial sketches for the song before she passed away, and laughed ... then cried for what it meant.


Copyright © 2021 by Blind Phoenix
℗ 2021 RadHaus Studio Publishing

Lyrics: Rebekkah Hilgraves
Music: Rebekkah Hilgraves, Chris Daniels
Horn Arrangement: Joseph Herbst
Lead vocals: Rebekkah Hilgraves
Guitar: Chris Daniels
Backing vocals: Lonnie Park
Bass: Michael Filippone
Drums: James Kylen
Keyboards: Lonnie Park |
The Unique Horns of Asheville:
- Alex Bradley, trumpet
- Justice Mann, trombone
- Ben Colvin, tenor sax
- Joseph Herbst, alto sax

You take her hands,
Your words are kind,
But the smile it never reaches your eyes.
You touch her body,
Stake your claim,
But beneath the tender words it’s all lies.

You cut her open,
Break her bones,
Drug her up and leave her for dead.
You convince yourself
That it's all her fault,
And you walk away shaking your head.

You've got killer hands
and a killer smile,
Countin’ up another notch.
How many bodies have you left behind,
How many times did you get away?
Not on my watch.

You make it so easy,
The stories you tell:
The woman didn’t have what it takes.
And nobody guesses,
Nobody knows,
‘Cause surgeons bury their mistakes.

You've got killer hands
and a killer smile,
Just another life that you lost.
How many bodies have you left behind,
How many times did you get away?
Not on my watch.

I know what you do,
I see who you are.
This time I caught you in the act.
Well, to your surprise
The patient lived,
And now for once the crime is a fact.

You’ve got blood on your hands
And blood in your eyes
Now you’re thinking something’s wrong with your scotch.
How many bodies have you left behind?
This time you’re not getting away!
Not on my watch.
Not on my watch.
Not on my watch.
Not on my watch.

  • Blind Phoenix
  • Rebekkah Hilgraves
  • Chris Daniels
  • Rebekkah Hilgraves
    Love Made Visible, Inside You
  • Rebekkah Hilgraves
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Rock, Funk, Blues
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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Director Biography - Rebekkah Hilgraves

Rebekkah Hilgraves is a long-time performer, starting out by sitting in with her father, the late George Graves, who performed and recorded with Warner Brothers records and under his own production for many years. She went on to study classical music and opera, and performed around the country until a couple of injuries took her off the field.

Since then, she has gone back to her roots in Americana and classic rock, focusing on writing and performing with Blind Phoenix, along with some experimental collaborations -- and once in a great while, going back to her classical training with concert performances of great American composers.

She is also the owner of RadHaus.Studio, an Asheville, North Carolina-based video and audio production company specializing in live music production and broadcast.

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