Luke Bryan’s ‘Knockin’ Boots’ + 5 More New Music Videos You Need to Watch
Temperatures may be soaring outside, but they've got nothing on this too-hot-to-handle batch of new country music videos! Read on to get to know all your new favorites, and weigh in on which one you'll be jamming out to this weekend.
Luke Bryan, "Knockin' Boots":
Luke Bryan turns up the heat in the music video for his latest single, "Knockin' Boots." A dimly lit barroom is the scene of a sultry dance floor, as couples weave an intricate pattern of choreographed moves. Bryan leads his band as they accompany the dancers. Next, the sweaty nightclub experiences a downpour, adding to the steamy scene.
Bryan surprise-released the track on March 29, after teasing the day before that something new was on the way. "Knockin' Boots" is the first single off of an as-yet-unnamed new album, which the singer has said will be out by the end of the year. -- LS
Trisha Yearwood, "Every Girl in This Town":
Randy Rogers Band, "Crazy People":
Molly Tuttle, “Light Came In (Power Went Out)”:
Multi-talented artist Molly Tuttle has released the music video for "Light Came In (Power Went Out)," from her first full-length record, When You're Ready, and it's packed with cacti, Edison lightbulbs, greenery and glitter. Jason Lee Denton directed the clip, which was filmed at Lawrence & Clarke Cacti Co. in Old Hickory, Tenn. - -the perfect setting for this dreamy music video.
“I thought that it would be nice to have the visuals almost be an extension of my album artwork, which also had foliage in the background and kind of a golden glow to it,” Tuttle says. “That gave the video team the idea to look for a plant store or greenhouse that we could shoot in. Mackenzie [Moore] (art direction) and Aliegh [Shields] (producer) thought of crafting a glitter backdrop, and everyone just kind of worked together to make all the rest fall into place.”
“I am a very visual person, so seeing how the glow of the lights and the lush backdrops add depth to the song is super rewarding," Tuttle adds. In fact, she dreams of her own home looking like the plant store, but due to her heavy touring schedule (including Bonnaroo and opening for Jason Isbell), she's the owner of nothing more than "a few unhappy succulents." Tuttle was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Awards after her 2017 debut EP Rise and is a two-time winner (and first female) of the IBMA's Guitar Player of the Year. -- CV
Kelleigh Bannen, “Deluxe”:
If you want to know what "Deluxe" means, watch Kelleigh Bannen's music video for her new single. The video, directed by Carlos Ruiz, features Bannen dancing in a low-lit room with fluorescent red lights. She shows off her edgy confidence, singing playful lyrics like "Deluxe / 22% tipper / Buffet dinner on a date night" and "Waiting at the car wash in line / Go ahead throw an extra Lincoln in for the suds supreme / Yes sir, that's right little extra shine / For an extra charge." Viewers also see short clips of a man speeding toward something ... or someone? Watch to find out.
“I’d had the title ‘Deluxe’ for a while, and loved the idea of writing a love story that was extra but was also relatable,” Bannen tells CMT.com. “Danielle Blakey and I wrote this song in a tiny little windowless room at the Sony Firehall. We were talking through the descriptions of ‘deluxe’ scenarios, and I loved the idea that they would be these kind of retro references like a motel that has an AC and cable TV. I think we felt a lot of freedom to just be playful with it, and not overthink [it]." -- CV
Stephanie Quayle, “If I Was a Cowboy”:
Rising country singer Stephanie Quayle originates from Bozeman, Mont., and her "If I Was a Cowboy" video reflects her life in childhood and present day. Jeff Johnson directed the music video, filmed on her family's ranch in Paradise Valley, Mont. It's filled with wide open spaces, stunning mountain views, gorgeous horses and a subtle storyline of a young Quayle growing up alongside her cowboy peers--and turning into a strong, confident woman who doesn't need a cowboy to sweep her off her boots.
“Creating the music video for this song under the Big Sky was a dream come true,” Quayle says. “To be able to capture how I grew up and where I am now, along with the vulnerability, heartbreak and strength of this song in just over three minutes, was truly a cinematic experience. She adds, “It was such an honor to work with the brilliant Jeff Johnson along with our team to bring this vision to life. This is what I love about country music – it can tear your heart out and in the next breath pick you right up. There’s a powerful message woven throughout this visual storyline: When life knocks you down, dust off that hat and get back up on that horse!” It's female empowerment, country style.
She wrote "If I Was a Cowboy" with Nashville standouts Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman. Quayle recalls that songwriting session fondly: "This song came together in the studio in a way I’ve never experienced," she remembers. "When the baritone guitar rolled in, I heard my ’sound’ come through the speakers that I’ve always desired as an artist.” -- CV