This video is the first single of the music from an upcoming album to be released before the end of the year. Chris Lovelace and I have been making music quite a while in different genres. We've been punk rockers, hip-hoppers, and now we're putting some of our favorite sounds together in what has been described by The Bluegrass Blog as "Alt-County". I like that, not alt-country, but alt-county. We're county fellers and though neither one of us grew up farming or hunting, we really do connect with the county vibe. Chris has two daughters, Lilian and Evelyn, who are just starting kindergarten this year and you can see their initials on his shirt in some parts of the video. I'm wearing a pin that my grandmother used to wear.
We were initially going to film the video in Luray Caverns. That was the location that the director who came down from New York, Liquid, had chosen. We got there and they said it was a no-go, so we started driving up and down some back roads until we saw a fellow out in a field with a metal detector. He was looking for civil war stuff and we found out that he knew some bluegrass folks. As I recall, I believe his wife had maybe sold a house to one of the Yates brothers and might have been related to Earl Taylor, so that was a good connection. We asked him if he knew a good place to go and he said he had some land up the road. I asked him if it was purty and he replied "Well, I think so." And when we got there via a grass path off the main dirt road, it was pretty. We shot the first part there and then cruised up the skyline drive and shot some footage looking out toward the Shenandoah Valley towards North Mountain, where Chris and I grew up. The last location, where the waterwall is, was in Sterling and I used to pass it going to work and always thought it would be a good scene for a music video.
Liquid rode the MegaBus down from up north and arrived at 5 in the morning in D.C. I picked him up, late, at about 9 and we shot from about 12 to 8, having lunch in Luray. We got back to the studio in Sterling and he finished editing about 4 in the morning and I took him back to D.C. and he caught about a 9AM bus back. So it was a whirlwind 24 hours and Chris and I had a really good time making our first video. Stay tuned for more Archetones music videos and an album to be release this fall!