Parker McCollum too fast, too furious in new music video “To Be Loved By You”

When you’re mindlessly watching YouTube today, you might come across a music video from the world of country music. Check it out below then scroll down for the hits and misses of this new offering from newcomer Parker McCollum.

Hits: The Mustang is nice, the anamorphic video looks cinematic and professional with nice lens flares, Parker’s sunglasses are worthy of Elvis Presley, and his voice is mostly not annoying.

Misses: The music video doesn’t do justice to the message of the song. Parker is longing, almost begging, a love interest to tell him what he’s got to do to be loved by her. A sentiment echoed over the years from artists across the spectrum, like Ryan Adams (“To Be Without You”) to Jonas Brothers (“What A Man Gotta Do”).

In McCollum’s take, the lyrics are very earnest and full of questions. When dreaming up a video for this song, one might envision clips of the love interest. Storytelling. Show flashbacks of the pair enjoying each other’s company at a fair, or dinner downtown, splashing each other on a lake shore, romantic dancing while a band plays. Again, storytelling. Why does he want her back?

Record labels have a little thing called a budget and with Parker being new to the national scene, perhaps it wasn’t as high as it will be one day. With that said, clips of Parker in a parking lot, walking under a random bridge, and riding around in a classic Mustang just don’t fit. Not to mention the style of shooting and how it was edited felt like riding in the backseat of a roller coaster without the safety bar in place. It’s not that the cinematography or editing were bad, they were actually done well; compliments on the wide angle and use of light throughout the video.

Final thoughts: Too fast, too furious. Unnecessary shifty camera shots, abrupt Hollywood-style edits, all of it might leave the viewer feeling as if they are fishing from a small boat on the high seas.

Without a doubt, though, fans of Parker love the song and will probably embrace the video along with it. Parker will get another chance, so the glass is half full for his next video including a storyline worthy of the lyrics and heart of the song it accompanies.

-Out of the Wilderness

Maddie & Tae “Bathroom Floor” music video set pieces, locations, and more!

I’m going to take a look at some of the props, set pieces, and locations of this video so we’ll start off with the thermal device on the bathroom counter.

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This is the LTO-Quest by Leupold. According to their website, this thermal scope is used for hunting. For Maddie & Tae, I guess it’s used for scoping out “hot” men?

Then, as perceptive fans already know, Maddie is wearing the same red dress from the Die From A Broken Heart video (left), suggesting this is a continuation of that story.

Side note: Have you ever noticed in music videos or movies you can’t see the logo of a certain item? Check out the way this wine bottle is conveniently facing away from the camera. This is done mostly to avoid any legal issues from showing a brand you may not have the approval to show, or it could be they just don’t want to give free advertising to a particular brand.

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Notice the same thing on this cup. She could be covering the brand very much on purpose.

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Location… a lot of this video was shot in the Melrose/ 8th Avenue area of Nashville, Tennessee. I know for a fact one of the locations is 2606 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN. How do I know this? Because I’ve been in this parking garage before.

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I’ve made a handful of Uber Eats to residents in this gated community. I’d also assume the apartment scenes in the music video are from this housing complex, as well, because why not?

If you’d like to see more from behind the scenes, Maddie and Tae have a short video showing the fun they have with the crew and their band.

As a confirmation this is a continuation of Die From A Broken Heart, the male star of that video shows up again at the end of Bathroom Floor… his name is Ricardo Hoyos.

Lastly, these folks were the ones to bring this video to life in such a fun, entertaining way. Good job, team!

Film Editor: Adam Little
Film Director: Carlos Ruiz
Producer: Jimmy Robbins, Derek Wells
Film Producer: Christen Pinkston
Composer Lyricist: Josh Kerr, Taylor Dye, Maddie Marlow
Photography Director: Roger Pistole

If there is anything else you want to know about this video, comment below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” and 13 country songs about things you wear

Taylor Swift surprised everyone with a new album (Folklore) during quarantine and the first video to come from it accompanies the song “Cardigan”…

Inspired by the the comfy cardigan she finds by the piano at the end of the video, here’s a list of songs about clothes you can wear. Update: This is a list of COUNTRY songs about clothes you can wear. There are just too many songs to not narrow it down. So next time you’re on $10,000 Pyramid, you should be able to knock this category out of the park!

13 Country Songs About Things You Wear… and 1 About Things You Don’t Wear

Keith Urban “You Look Good in My Shirt”

Jake Owen “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”

Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Were Made For Walkin'”

Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”

Miranda Lambert “Smoking Jacket”

Brooks & Dunn “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”

Randy Houser “Boots On”

Kelsea Ballerini “Stilettos”

Dolly Parton “Coat of Many Colors”

Jennifer Nettles “Drunk In Heels”

Chris Young “Gettin You Home (The Black Dress Song)”

Johnny Cash “Rock and Roll Shoes”

Shania Twain “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”

Honorable Mention: Kenny Chesney “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” (even though this is actually about clothes you’re not wearing)

Thanks for stopping by! Also check out a list of 10 songs that no longer apply to our lives: Covid-19 edition

-Out of the Wilderness

The woman in Jon Pardi’s “Ain’t Always the Cowboy”… and more!

Jon Pardi’s music video for “Ain’t Always the Cowboy” compliments the song very well, which is very important. There’s nothing worse than a music video that ruins the song for the listener/viewer. Of course, fans would expect nothing less from the country singer who seems to hit a homerun with every song and video.

Getting right to the details of this video, the woman featured here is Jessica Holmberg. If you thought she looked comfortable on the horse, it’s because she’s very comfortable on a horse. Jessica is a barrel racer in Texas.

Jessica may be from Texas, but the video was shot a few states over… Tucson, Arizona.

Jessica’s character has a love interest who is played by model Brian Patrick Harris. Finding info on him is proving to be difficult but so far I’ve discovered him with a very different look on a professional make-up website here.

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Now this next piece of info cannot be confirmed so it’s just my opinion, but it looks like the part of “boyfriend” in this video is played by Brian Patrick Harris (as mentioned above) and… drum roll please… Jessica’s husband, singer/songwriter Jarrod Morris. Check out the man in the bed and compare him to the man at the end (Brian). They look similar… very similar. Thoughts? Maybe it’s just the lighting and how similar the two guys look in real life that’s throwing me off.

If this is the case, that Jessica’s husband plays the part of “bed boyfriend,” I’d guess it was Jessica’s decision to not be in bed (even in an acting scene) with a man who isn’t her husband. As I said, none of this is confirmed, just a hunch!

The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz, who has directed most of Jon Pardi’s music videos, and done a great job with each. He’s definitely got an eye for the visuals that fit the idea of Jon Pardi’s music very well. See Heartache Medication and Heartache on the Dance Floor.

The Dodge Ram has a “Mayse” license plate which appears to represent Mayse Automotive Group out of Aurora, Missouri.

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Check out these folks on their socials and be sure to give them some love! Thanks for stopping by. If you have more info to share about this video, feel free to comment below.

Jessica Holmberg Twitter

Jessica Holmberg Instagram

Jarrod Morris website

Carlos Ruiz website

-Out of the Wilderness