The dancers in Mat Kearney “Kings and Queens” video

Some music videos need to be over the top to get your attention, but others just let the lyrics, location, and a few talented storytellers draw you in. Such is the case with Mat Kearney’s video for “Kings and Queens.”

 video released on March 27, 2018

This beautifully stripped-down music video features Mat singing amongst majestic, jagged rocks, in the desert land just north of Los Angeles and east of Santa Clarita (a city that’s small yet familiar with all kinds of movies, TV shows, and even has a Netflix show named after it–Santa Clarita Diet). This impressive backdrop is a tiny part of the Sierra Pelona Mountains called the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park. Take a look at a few pics found online…

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image via Wikipedia

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image source: LA Times

The LA Times published an article listing the various Star Trek movies/episodes that were filmed here, too.

It’s also a popular place for weddings…

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Check out Jonathan Yacoub for more amazing wedding photos.

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Gene Kang used the location to create breathtaking backdrops for a wedding shoot.

…and even Easter sunrise church services.

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If you’d like more info on attending this multi-church celebration, click here.

But what we really want to know is who these dancers are, right? After all, while the lyrics of “Kings and Queens” describe a genuine love most people hope for, the choreography is a love story in it’s own right, without using any words at all.


Say hello to Stanley Glover and Bridget Whitman. Well, actually just say, “Nice to see you again!” since you probably recognize both of them from So You Think You Can Dance, among other endeavors they take part in all over the world. More of Bridget’s bio is here and Stanley’s is here.

The above photos, and more images can be found on the Bloc Agency website

Mat’s video was directed by a veteran in the music video world, Justin Clough. To his credit, he’s directed videos by Rihanna, Chris Lane, and Brothers Osborne just to name a few. Take a second to check out his reel here.

Since there’s sure to be much more from all of these talented folks, do yourself a favor and follow them to know right away when they do their next entertaining thing! Also, thank you for checking out this post, I hope you learned more about the video and as always, please feel free to comment below!

Mat Kearney Instagram (and a behind the scenes clip) and Twitter

Justin Clough Instagram and Twitter

Bridget Whitman Instagram and Twitter

Stanley Glover Instagram and Twitter

-Out of the Wilderness

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Fun facts about Jon Pardi’s “She Ain’t In It” video

Just take a glance at the YouTube comments on almost any Jon Pardi music video and you’ll quickly realize his fans and newcomers to his music are all very excited about his traditional country sound. They love his voice and musical style, both of which shine through the dusty California barn featured in his new video for “She Ain’t In It.”


The stars

Obviously the barn is sentimental to the character Jon plays in this video. It’s where he shared good memories with a woman he loved (and still loves?), represented by model Lindsay Belanger (aka Lindsay Belle).

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Lindsay is from Saguenay, Quebec and has been modeling for approximately 8 years. She’s done work with Sephora, UGG Australia, Mary Kay, Bite Beauty Cosmetics, Deal or No Deal, Fitness Magazine, and the Bellagio Hotel. [source of this info]

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Lindsay is 5’9″ and wears a size 8 shoe, listed here.

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Knowing how to ride a horse helped Lindsay land the role in this music video. Here’s a picture taken from the video shoot, via her Instagram.

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…and how can you not fall in love with that beautiful horse, right? Well, I hope you have room for two in that heart of yours, because the equine scenes were actually shared by two horses, a la Michelle from Full House. Their names are Kino and Kane. They split the roles of riding / barn entrance (Kino) and stall / rearing up (Kane). A friend of mine that knows more than I do about horses suggests these are most like Quarter Horses.

Location

The video was shot January 5, 2018 on a working ranch in Thousand Oaks, California. The video director, Jim Wright, said they were looking for a location that could play as a character in the video, and with the vintage run-down feel of the barn along with the valley landscape, they’d found the perfect spot.

The Ford

You’ll also notice a Ford pick-up truck in the video. In black and white, it’s tough to truly appreciate the vintage ride, but I found out it was on loan from singer/songwriter Marnie Herald. Isn’t it always nice to have a friend with a truck!?! Marnie’s posted a colorful shot or two of the truck, affectionately named Doris. It’s a ’69 Ford F-250 for anyone who’s wondering 😉

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That about wraps it up, thanks for checking out this post, y’all. I’d also like to thank Jim Wright for passing along great information about the video, a lot of which was used to put this together. Thank you so much, kind sir! Be sure to check out Jim’s other work, and follow Jon Pardi along with the rest of the folks below on their various social channels and websites.

Jim Wright videos and photography and Instagram

Jon Pardi Twitter and Instagram

Lindsay Belle webpage and Instagram

Marnie Herald Twitter and Instagram

-Out of the Wilderness

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

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 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…

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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

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

When will Macklemore and Kesha “Good Old Days” video reach 1M views?

Macklemore’s video for “Good Old Days” was made public this morning, and this off the heals of his other video for “Glorious.” You can check out his latest video below but I wanted to say rather quickly and to the point: At the time of this post, the video is getting 1,000 hits per minutes. That’s crazy! I can’t imaging having anything get so many views so fast. I guess that’s why the internet breaks sometimes. 😉

Here’s the view count at 12:09 (80,266 views)

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Then here’s 12:10 (81,496 views)

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Over a thousand a minute… wild stuff! If my math is correct, the video will be at a million by 3AM EST. That’ll be less than 24 hours since it was released.

UPDATE: It’s 8am CST and it’s over 1.8 million!