The real-life pals show off their humorous side (and dance skills) in new music video directed by The Edde Brothers.
The Lone Star State natives Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers have been kicking up dust in the Texas music circle for well over a decade. After many years of touring together, the real-life buds have finally combined their gritty, emotion-packed voices and soulful songwriting chops to create their first collaborative album, Hold My Beer, Vol. 1. With the release of their album swiftly approaching on April 20, Randy and Wade hit us with a little taste of what’s to come in their knee-slappin’ new music video for their single “I’ve Got Standards”.
The Texas twosome premiered their video to an enthusiastic crowd of industry professionals during an album preview at City Winery in Nashville on March 24. Randy and Wade joked that creating an album full of male duets was a challenge, but one they were willing to take on and conquer.
The album features seven original songs, including the light-hearted “Lady Bug”, “the heart-melting “’Til It Does”, the two-steppin’ tune “Good Luck With That” and three covers including Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s “Reasons to Quit”.
Some Texas Country fans give Randy and Wade flack for going to Nashville and “selling out,” but the Texas singers defend their roots and set the record straight in the lyrics of “I’ve Got Standards”.
“Record man came and sat me down/He said I’ve got some songs for you/There’s one about a dirt road/I really think you oughta do/So I gave it a listen and it wasn’t all that bad/But it ain’t me so I shook my head /And that’s all there is to that /I don’t have hits, I’ve got standards/ Tell me how can I sell out if I barely sell at all?/You won’t see my name on the Billboard/But Every night I pack the the dance floor/There’s your answer, I don’t have hits/I’ve got standards.”
There’s no selling out for these serious country artists. With the surge of “bro-country” songs filling the radio waves, Randy and Wade’s traditional country- western sound and deep, poetic lyricism is a breath of fresh country air.
The video was shot by 28-year-old twin brother director duo Matt and John Edde, The Edde Brothers, of Shaun Silva’s production company TackleBox Films. The up-and-comers have directed videos for Jon Pardi, The Farm, Maddie & Tae, Hunter Hayes, Big & Rich, Brett Eldredge, Jamie Lynn Spears and countless others. Take a look at the interview with The Edde Brothers below and learn more about the video!
What was it like working with Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen together?
Matt: “I think that they are both such funny and awesome people individually, that when you get them together the chemistry and authenticity of their friendship really translates on screen.”
Have you worked with Randy Rogers/Randy Rogers Band or Wade Bowen previously?
John: “This is our third music video with Randy Rogers. We directed ‘Trouble Knows My Name’ and ‘Satellite’ and we always really enjoy the collaborative processes with Randy and the rest of guys in Randy Rogers Band. It was really fun working with Wade for the first time. He’s absolutely hilarious and a true master of his craft.”
Where was the video filmed?
John: “The video was shot in two different locations. First, we shot in an old hotel in East Nashville and at iconic photographer Jim McGuire’s studio. Then, we shot the country dancing part in an old legendary dance hall in Austin, Texas called ‘The Broken Spoke’. It was one of the first and is one of the last true Texas dance halls. It was a perfect backdrop for the song and Wade and Randy’s traditional country style and Texas roots.”
How did you cast the dancers in the video?
John: “We worked with the radio station 101.5 KNUE in Austin, TX, and they notified fans that Wade and Randy wanted them to be in their next video. We had over 60 fans show up ready to two-step. There were a few couples that were pretty well-known in the local dance hall scene, so they really helped to authenticate the partner dance part of the video.”
What makes Randy and Wade’s sound different from other country artists you’re hearing on the radio?
John: “Well, they sing country music,” John says with a laugh. They’re not trying to please radio, they’re just doing what’s true to them and true to their roots musically. Their music is something that strikes a chord with everyone. It’s not about pickup trucks and tan-legged girls. These are real songs about life, love, sadness. They’re about real stories.”
Matt: “Their music is a throwback to the traditional country music made famous by the early greats like George Strait and reminds me of why I love 90’s country. It has a raw, country feel.”
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