What’s behind Jake Owen’s “I Was Jack” music video

Well, as some of you know I love writing about music videos. The things you might miss the first time you watch, those are what I dive head first towards. So we come upon Jake Owen’s video for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” which is loaded with so much info, I was practically salivating as I thought about where to start researching! That is, until I got to the end of the video. Sneaky director Justin Clough made it easy for all of us to know a lot about the video, such as locations, starring actors, etc. So definitely check out the entire video, to the very end.


It’s a great piece of work from Mr. Clough, and just to get right to it, the stars of the video are Jake Etheridge and Mackenzie Porter.

Jake Etheridge is an actor and singer/songwriter who grew up in South Carolina but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s part of a Holland-based country band called The Common Linnets. He’s also a heck of a cross country runner! Wait, hold on, OK never mind. That’s a totally different Jake Etheridge. You never know who might pop up on a Google search 🙂

Mackenzie Porter is a Canadian actress and singer. You may recognize her from The Netflix show The Travelers, but those who know her best… are cows… because she was raised on a cattle and bison ranch in Alberta! They remember when she was “just this tall” (cows raise their hoofs a few feet off the ground). Since then though, she’s become a classically trained violinist, a talented actress, and in 2003 because the younger sister of a Canadian Idol winner.

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Something else I noticed in the video is the plethora of flyers on the entrance of the diner.

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Bands listed are Nemesis, The Backseaters, Hallway Kids, and Necros.

The Backseaters feature a lead singer named Jake. So that’s 3 Jake’s “appearing” in this music video. Coincidence? Conspiracy theorists disagree!

Hallway Kids might be a reference to Canadian TV show Kids in the Hall. So that’s another link to Canada there.

Finally, Necros is (or was) a real band in the 80s. So this must be a tribute to punk bands that school rebels might’ve listened to in the early and mid-80s.

Ruthie’s Inn can also be read on a flyer posted along with the others. Perhaps another reference to early 80s punk rock, because Ruthie’s Inn is a notable California venue for thrash metal bands in the 80s decade.

pak plazaLast bit of trivia is the the pawn shop where the high school dude possibly buys an engagement ring. It reads “Pak Plaza Pawn and Sport Shop”. This is a real pawn shop in Hot Springs, Arkansas. No word on the ring and if it was ever sold for under a grand, though.

 

Be sure to follow these folks on their social channels, and THANK YOU for checking out my post!

Jake Owen Twitter

Mackenzie Porter Twitter

Jake Etheridge Twitter

Justin Clough Twitter

-Out of the Wilderness

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The 411 on “Singles You Up” video by Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis seems to be on the precipice of making it big. Industry critics and country music fans predict a very successful year for him in 2018. So why not kick off the new year with a great video to go along with one of his popular songs, right? Check out the video for “Singles You Up” then scroll down for a few details you might be curious about!


The Cast

Jordan stars alongside a woman playing his love interest. She is Austin-based model Abbey George. If you see her, give her a big ol’ ‘whoooooop,’ as she’s an alum, or if I’m being proper by A&M standards, a former student at Texas A&M University.

Howdy. Gig ’em. And other Aggie terminology.

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Abbey from JE Model Management‘s website.


The Locations

The video was shot in El Paso, Texas. Jordan and Abbey show up at Conchita’s Burritos, which, incidentally, is probably cooking up meals this very second for anyone who wants one at 6730 Alameda Avenue, El Paso, TX 79905. A 5-star Yelp rating means something, y’all, so swing by and grab a bite. There are other locations throughout the video, but this one has Mexican food, so I didn’t write about the others.

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The car
It’s much like the one pictured here, so I believe it is, in fact, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird. [correction: as pointed out in the comments below, the bodyline on the car in the video is evidence this is a ’69, thanks for commenting!]

Any car enthusiasts out there can feel free to comment below for confirmation or correction.


A big thanks to Eric Ryan Anderson for providing a Firebird-trunk load of info, much of which was used to put this post together. Best of luck to Eric, Jordan, Abbey, Conchita’s Burritos, and everyone who’s involved with Jordan’s music and videos! For more from these creative people, check them out on their social sites by clicking below…

Jordan Twitter

Jordan Instagram

Jordan website

Abbey Instagram

Director Eric Ryan Anderson Twitter

Eric Instagram

Eric website

-Out of the Wilderness

The phone number in Luke Combs “When It Rains It Pours” video

You may not have noticed, but at the 2:53 mark in the video above a “waitress” (if that’s her real job, I’ll get to that shortly) is carrying a notepad with a phone number on it.

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Assuming it’s a Charleston area code, where the video what shot, the number would be…

843-555-3825

A search for this number returns nothing significant. But since she didn’t include the area code on her slip of paper, I also looked up:

800-555-3825

I can confirm without a doubt this number is, how shall I say this, an adult chat line. I hope I wasn’t charged because who has two thumbs and dialed the number? This guy! So was the woman in the restaurant where he ordered chicken wings, extra ranch, Miller Light actually a waitress? Perhaps. Or maybe this was her way of making more money after she clocks out of her “day job,” hmm?

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-Out of the Wilderness

The girl in Brett Eldredge’s video “Somethin’ I’m Good At”

JUST POSTED: Check out fun facts from Brett Eldredge’s “The Long Way” music video, starring Sadie Roberts.

I like to find out little tidbits of info about music videos that come out, and more specifically the (possibly-) lesser-known stars of music videos. Here are a few I’ve researched in the past:

Who’s the girl in Omi’s “Cheerleader” video? 

The dancers in Keith Urban’s “The Fighter” music video.

Uptown Funk: Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy explained.

Well, I forged ahead to tackle the lead actress in Brett Eldredge’s music video “Somethin’ I’m Good At”…

…but sometimes it’s hard, y’all! In all my efforts to find more about her so you, as a fan, can share in the knowledge, I’ve come up empty. Sometimes that’s the way it goes.

I’ll keep searching but all I have so far is that the video was shot on January 31 and released on Feb 27, all in 2017, and it was directed by Ethan Lader. A couple of street addresses seen in the video are 19816 and 19825.

I searched Instagram and Twitter, no luck. I’ve Googled with no luck. If you have any info, please do share in the comments below! 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

Despacito and less than 51 hit Spanish songs in America

Luis-Fonsi-Despacito-ft.-Daddy-Yankee-screenshot-2017-billboard-1548I’m about 5 months behind the rest of the world in learning about one of the contenders for song of the summer this year, “Despacito.” By now you’ve probably already scoured the internet to find out who the lead actress is (2006 Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera), so there’s really nothing new I can bring to you in that regard.

Premios+Juventud+2014+Press+Room+qbrmUWjHaIJxBut in honor of Puerto Rico trying to become the 51st state, here’s a list of 51 or less “Spanish” songs that have been popular at one point or another in the US. Have any to add, let me know in the comments!

La Bamba –  Ritchie Valens

Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Macerana – Los Del Rio

Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano

I Adore Mi Amor – Color Me Badd

Conga – Gloria Estefan

Rico Suave – Gerardo

Bailando – Enrique Iglesias

Seven Spanish Angels – Willie Nelson

Santeria – Sumblime

Heaven – Los Lonely Boys

Granada – Luciano Pavarotti

No Tengo Dinero – Los Umbrellos

5 to 20 country songs about Mexico – country artists like George Strait or Toby Keith or Tim McGraw

 

 

 

 

The woman in Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know”

1Brett Young seems to be making waves in country music this year. He’s got a couple of music videos out and the one for “In Case You Didn’t Know” is simple, and yet matches the mood and feel of the song really well. Sometimes less is more, right? Anywho, Brett is singing to a girl who doesn’t exist, although when they shot the video, there clearly was a girl on set. She played the  part of the “imaginary girlfriend” but who is she in real life?

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Well, with the help of (and big thanks to) folks finding this post and commenting, the girl has been identified. Her name is Sara Morgan. Somewhat confirmed in a tweet I sent to @SaraMorgan97

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Check the comments below for more info. Then enjoy her performance in Brett’s video for “In Case You Didn’t Know.”


-Out of the Wilderness

Better off in a pine box…

I was an 11-year-old living in Stafford, Virginia jamming out with my yellow Sony Sports radio_cassette_player_sports_1598016Walkman, probably listening to artists likely Wilson Phillips, Roxette, Janet Jackson, oh, and of course, Vanilla Ice, Ice, Baby, MC Hammer and his pants, and who can forget Milli Vanilli? All favorites with this Starter-jacket-wearing 6th-grader.

Country music wasn’t even on my radar in 1990 and I can’t say for sure why. Maybe it was a product of the environment, although I’d guess that there was a fair share of folks listening to country music in Stafford. Maybe not amongst my friends, though.

It wasn’t till 26 years later (gasp!) that I heard the song by Doug Stone that inspired the title of this blog post. That’s right, summer of 2016 and I was honestly thinking it was brand new. Hoping it was brand new. I guess I’m a crotchety old man now, now that I think country music isn’t what it used to be.

old-man That’s OK, though. Country music can only be as successful as fans will let it be, and right now fans want pop country. But soon enough fans will start craving something different, and artists will follow their lead. By the way, have you heard Jon Pardi, “Head Over Boots”? Sounds like old country and I bet there’re some crotchety fans really digging it.

Twelve million views and counting shows promise 😉 Check out the YouTube comments, as well, and I think fans are into this classic country sound.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep listening to Pine Box until I discover another song made two decades ago that I never heard because I was too busy playing Duck Hunt or watching Kevin Costner as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Roooooobbbbiiiiiiiinnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Out of the Wilderness