Behind the video: Brett Eldredge “The Long Way” music video

Brett Eldredge doesn’t seem to be taking the long way around to please his fans. He’s had 2 music videos released just in the last 8 months, and his newest has over 1.6 million views in just 3 days. The video for “The Long Way Around” was shot on September 20 and, as you might already know, features Sadie Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame. She plays the “love interest,” although car enthusiasts might be drooling more over the ’63 Chevy Impala the couple rides around in.

It’s a beaut, Clark. It’s a beaut!

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Trivia Time – Impala
The lyrics of the song refer to a ’99 Impala, which is fake news because, dun dunnn dunnnnnn, there is no ’99 Impala! Chevrolet stopped making the car in 1996 but production ramped up again in 2000, so we’ll assume he got a 2000 model a year early for that “hand-me-down ’99 Impala.” 🙂

Trivia Time – summer camp
Another line from the song: “I’d like to see where your daddy met your mama.” Given that Sadie Robertson is the one he’s singing to, even if they’re just acting, I researched her parents, Willie and Korie Robertson. According to the Duck Dynasty show website, the couple met in 3rd grade at a summer camp. I understand you wanted to “see” where they met, Mr. Eldredge, but remember– knowing is half the battle.

Location, location, location. 

So far my research is pointing to a little town east of Nashville called Gordonsville, Tennessee for the location of the music video shoot. Possibly near Highway 53. I will confirm this when I have more information.

The itty-bitsy spider. 

Have you ever seen beautiful spider webs? No joke, I have a little bit of arachnophobia, but I love a good spider web when I can see one.
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Who are you wearing? 

I noticed Sadie’s necklace in this video and tried to find more about it but came up almost empty. I now know Sadie has a line of jewelry you can find here. I don’t think the necklace in the video is from her collection, though.

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The director

This video was directed by Jay Martin. He has quite a few music videos under his belt, as well as lots of experience as a crew member on blockbuster hit movies. Check out his IMDB page here. I didn’t know this till I started researching this video, but Mr. Martin directed one of my favorite music videos. Here’s the beautiful song and video from singer Christina Perri, “Jar of Hearts.”

That’s all I have for now!

-Out of the Wilderness


The closer I get to death, the more I come alive

I’ll start this off by saying I’ve been very lucky in that it was late in my teens, I may have even been 20 years old, before I truly felt the affect of someone close to me passing away. There are plenty of folks out there who have had the unfortunately experience of learning about death when they are very young. I definitely count it as a blessing from above, and to those of you had to learn about death as a youngster, it could be that God knew you were strong enough to handle it. I don’t think I was, so I applaud you in whatever effort you’ve made to cope, to overcome, and to live on with their memory.

One of my first experiences was when my mom’s aunt passed away. We called her Sister. Sometime around then Belle, our family dog went. As time marched on, both sides of my grandparents passed away and I still think about all of them pretty much every day, especially today on Me-Mom’s birthday. So proud to have her last name as my middle name, an easy way to be reminded of her and the great memories I have of one of my favorite four grandparents 🙂

Then there were the unexpected ones, right? Friends from high school. Friends from college. Folks that weren’t supposed to go so soon. For me, it was a guy I knew from FSU. My brother mentioned to me one day that this guy had died. I wasn’t close to him or anything, but he was part of the outer circle of friends for my brother and I. In fact, he’s in this video of us all biking in Tallahassee.

Friends are diagnosed with cancer. One was almost in an airplane crash. It was so much of a sure thing, the airline pilot came on the intercom and said to prepare for a crash. Crazy, right? Thankfully, they didn’t crash. Another college friend, who was younger than me, died of cancer. Then a few years ago someone I knew from church died tragically.

Then there are all the celebrities. I was visiting family in Tallahassee when I got a text from a friend: “Steve McNair found dead.” He was an NFL quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. Of course, there’s Michael Jackson, Prince, and so many more.

Now, as I’m getting older, and still growing up 🙂 it seems that with every story I hear of a loved one passing, or just someone in the news, I think to myself, “Gosh, life is short! I thought we were all gonna live forever. What am I doing today? What is important? What am I waiting for?”

I ask those rhetorically for the most part, but often find myself reflecting on the years I’ve spent on this earth, and becoming more and more aware that time is ticking away. For me. For you. For everyone. We only have 100 years or less, so make the most of it, is what I say! Save money but don’t sacrifice relationships to build a bank account. Spend more. Have fun. Go dancing. Take that overseas trip if you want to. Ask the girl out. Ask the guy out. Cuddle with your dogs. Laugh. Get a tattoo. Do encourage people around you, but don’t buy that motorcycle. 😉

A few years ago there was a guy who was walking across the country, a young guy, maybe in his 20s. He was asked on the news why and I don’t remember his exact answer, but he said something like, “Why do we waste so many years preparing for the last few?” Hello!!!! He was referring to saving for retirement, waiting till you retire to travel, all that stuff. He’s a smart guy. I thought that was fantastic.

So as I hear stories about people I know and/or loved that have passed away, I know it’s OK to be sad about it. When beloved celebrities succumb to that final curtain call, we should celebrate their lives and how they positively changed the world. Do all of that for the ones you love, too.

Then let’s go live.

Finally, a happy birthday to Me-Mom

-Out of the Wilderness

Ranked top 10 DC Talk songs of all time: 5 – 1

Coming up with a top 10 list for DC Talk is like deciding which holiday I love the second most (first is obviously Christmas). Or which niece I love more. It’s an impossible task! But just like my nieces, each one of these songs is amazing and fantastic, and while I can’t rank the nieces, I can rank the songs. Check out numbers 10 through 6 by clicking here. And now, along with the album in parentheses, here are my top 5…


5. The Hardway (Free At Last)
I’m as stubborn as they come, so when this song came out I was relieved to know I wasn’t the only one. It was also very encouraging to hear about God’s forgiveness and patience!

Favorite lyric: “It took so long for me to see, that I’m a victim of nature and me, Left to myself I realize, I am the maker of my own demise.”

4. The King (Allelujah) (DCTalk)

This song just makes me feel good. It’s off their self-titled debut album. I’ve always loved the rap from Toby, the smooth gospel voices of Kevin of Michael, and, of course, the truth in the lyrics. I also love the heavy guitar presence in this one! Makes me want to dance I my PJs!

Favorite lyric: “As she fell to the ground, she began to weep. Heard a voice and turned to hear the Savior speak. Christ the Messiah, risen up from the dead. He’s alive, she cried, like the prophesy read. It’s a story of my Savior, a reason to sing. Allelujah, come on, Christ is King!”

3. Heavenbound (DCTalk)

I was in middle school in Stafford, VA when DC Talk’s first album came out and this was my favorite song from that album. I think it was the trumpets that got me, as I was a trumpet player from 4th to 7th grades 🙂

Favorite lyric: “Opportunity knocks through a different love. Not love like we know it, like ya love your girl. It’s a love from above not of this world.”


2. Jesus Freak (Jesus Freak)
This could easily be their best song ever as it relates to mainstream acceptance and declaring what some would use as an insult. Me, a Jesus Freak? Why yes, I am! The song itself is a great example of mosh pit worthy rock music, with unashamed lyrics that speak to your soul.

Favorite lyric: “With skins on his back and hair on his face, they thought he was strange by the locusts he ate. The Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak, until the king took the head of this Jesus freak.”

1. I Wish We’d All Been Ready (Jesus Freak CD single)

I first heard this one night at a Bible study as a high schooler in Miami, Florida. It was part of a video we were watching and instantly, I was captivated by the harmonies and the message. It was different than the DC Talk I knew, and it made me love the band even more. Plus, Kevin’s voice is incredible.

Favorite lyric: “A man and wife asleep in bed, she hears a noise and turns her head he’s gone. I wish we’d all been ready.”


So there you have it! If you were to make your own list, there could be 10 different songs on it, and the list would be just as valid. Just about every song can relate to someone in one way or another, which is why they were such an influential band in the 90s. Since then, Toby, Michael, and Kevin have had success as solo artists, so for fun, here’s my list of a few favorites from their individual efforts…

Lights Shine Bright / Let’s Get This Party Started / Gone

Kevin Max:
The Cross / When He Returns / Seek

Michael Tait:
Unglued / All You Got / His Cheeseburger

-Out of the Wilderness

Ranked top 10 DC Talk songs of all time: 10 – 6

Let me just start by saying how difficult it was to narrow down this list. Just between you and me, I rather rank almost anything else. Favorite presidents? Sure. Best Disney movies? OK. What’s socially acceptable? Fine. But to rank these songs is like picking my favorite pet. Or my favorite episode of Friends. It’s nearly impossible. However, now I will say the words. I will say the words that consume me all day long. I won’t sugarcoat it at all, so help me God. Without further ado, let’s dive in with songs 10 through 6.

Note: Click the song title to listen via YouTube, and album titles are in parentheses.


10. Time Is… (Free At Last)

I remember listening to this song as a young high schooler in Miami, Florida. Maybe it’s the heavy drum beat or the weighty guitar riffs reminiscent of 80s hair bands, but it became a favorite about as fast as it takes to perm a mullet.

Favorite lyric: “The signs of the times are dropping like flies. The cries of the people around us imply, they’re lookin’ for an answer that we already know. But time is definitely on the go.”

9. Colored People (Jesus Freak)

I was in 11th grade, and remember laying on my bed and listening to this entire album soon after it came out. We were living on Governors Island, adjacent to Manhattan, at the time. This song was one of my favorites off that album. Funny how the message is still so very, very relevant almost 20 years later.

Favorite lyric: “Ignorance has wronged some races, and vengeance is the Lord’s. If we aspire to share this space, repentance is the cure.”

8. My Will (Exodus – compilation album)

I first heard this song when my sister lent me her CD as I was leaving the Davis family beach cottage at St. Teresa one afternoon. I listened to the whole album all the way to Tallahassee. Every song is good, but this one is why I remember that day so well.

Favorite lyric: “Complexity haunts me for I am two men, entrenched in a battle that I’ll never win.”


7. Supernatural (Supernatural)
My college friend Brandon managed to get an early copy of this CD. I remember him, myself, Scott, and another friend or two listening to it in a men’s bathroom in Panama City Beach, Florida. That’s not weird at all. Maybe we needed a urinal because we were excited enough to pee our pants? You don’t know! But hey, go find a public bathroom and check it out for yourself, this is a great song from a great album.

Favorite lyric: I need an intervention, A touch of providence. It goes beyond religion, to my very circumstance.”

6. Lean On Me (Free At Last)

DC Talk’s take on one of my all-time favorite songs doesn’t disappoint. They add a southern gospel sound while infusing their rap/rock style to make it a win/win kind of situation in my book.

Favorite lyric: “Brother to brother we need to learn to love each other, so lean on me when you’re in trouble. I cast my cares on Christ ’cause He cares for me, so when you need a shoulder to cry on, just lean.”




Phew! That was tough. So many songs to choose from. Well, there are still the top 5 to go, so check back tomorrow for my top 5 DC Talk songs of all time. In the meantime, feel free to comment below with your favorites or any stories you have of the band.

-Out of the Wilderness

Chris Janson’s tattoos

Chris Janson has made his mark on country music with hits like “Buy Me A Boat” and “Fix A Drink,” but the singer/songwriter also has a bit of country marked on him. The Missouri-native has a tattoo of the 24th state admitted to the union, Missouri, tattooed on the inside of his left arm. Take a look.

Here are a few of his other tattoos. Photo credits are in the captions.

The tattoo on the inside of his right arm says, “He who has the Son has life.” Confirmed in his interview here.

And finally, here are screen shots from his music videos, all via his YouTube channel.

-Out of the Wilderness



Game Night: Redux

chris ledouxNo, Redux isn’t the name of a game, a Subaru, or a country singer, I just figured since this is my second post about a game night, I’d label it as a part 2…like Scream 2, or Home Alone 2, or Hot Shots! Part Deux.*

My friend B hosted his monthly game night and it was a real scream! I have a feeling lots of inside jokes are going to spring up out of this one. Even when I’m home alone I’ll chuckle about things that happened or things that were said there. Aside from the games, B has four rabbits and makes a killer quesadilla (he’s a real hot shot!), so they (the rabbits) were entertaining and tasty (not the rabbits!!!). We started off with a game called Pit, then switched over to Werewolf, which is a lot like Mafia, if that rings any bells for you. Our next game was Heads-Up, the Ellen game where you have to guess what’s on your phone as everyone else describes it to you.

We finished the gaming with one called Nouns. Really fun as each person comes up with 16 nouns and puts them all in a hat. Then you form teams and draw the slips of paper out one by one in a matter of three rounds, trying to get your teammates to guess the correct noun…

round 1: describe the noun as best you can

round 2: describe the noun with only 1 word

round 3: act out the noun without any words

This one is great because it’s free, you can be creative/silly/saucy with the nouns you come up with, and it can get challenging.

After the games, B sat down at his keyboard and began playing his medley of Disney tunes. It was so good! For a few seconds I got lost in the magic 🙂 I guess we were all still feeling a bit competitive, though, so we tried to guess the song titles and what movie each one was from.  B then tried out another medley he’s working on, a mashup of Bruno Mars songs. I guessed, maybe 3 out of the 9 or 10 songs he played. Clearly, I need to brush up on my Bruno Mars catalog.

I’ve always liked game nights, and last night is a good reason why.

-Out of the Wilderness

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The stars of Lukas Nelson’s “Find Yourself” music video

I heard a song the other day on Nashville’s Lightning 100 and, thanks to Shazam, found out it was Lukas Nelson “Find Yourself.” Love the song, love his voice, and now, I love the music video, too… check it out:

Through a bit of research and a kind director willing to share more about the video, I can tell you that it was shot on Leo Carrillo Beach in Los Angeles. Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, the beach is part of Leo Carrillo State Park, where you can surf, swim, hike, explore caves, and…. shoot music videos. Plus it’ll only set you back two Grande Pumpkin Spice Lattes to park there all afternoon. Nice!

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image via Google Maps

Evidently the sandy coastline is a great location for movies, too. Just check out it’s wikipedia page. Here’s the trailer for Live A Little, Love A Little, an Elvis movie with scenes on Leo Carrillo Beach.

Side note: Did Elvis know dogs can’t be on this beach without a leash? Oh, Elvis! Or maybe back in the 60s that wasn’t a rule? Or perhaps they decided since Elvis was one of the most famous people of all time, his dog can run on the beach without a leash, but just this once! Either way, I hope they… ya know…


All of that to say, while Lukas Nelson is the obvious star of his “Find Yourself” music video, it’s easy to see that the beach itself is quite famous in it’s own right. There’s another star of the video, too, though. Recognize this woman in the colorful sweater?

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She’s an actress from Los Angeles named Juliette LaBelle. Her cool, laid back vibe, along with the same attitude from the rest of the folks in the video, plus the shot of the kids hitting the tambourines (I love that this shot was used in the video, it’s very endearing), all work together to make up a great video.

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In fact, the video makes the song even better, which is a tricky accomplishment for any music video director. We’ve all seen good songs with bad videos, right? It’s so common, VH1 even put out a list. So major kudos to director Gus Black for making sure this one will never be on any such list.

Gus Black is also an accomplished musician and a professional photographer. For more on his varied work, click here.

To follow the colorful Juliette LaBelle on Instagram, click here.

You can also follow @LukasNelson on Twitter here, find his website here, and for another great song of his, check this one out:

-Out of the Wilderness