We put a music video out today (a first for me) for "Miles Away" and I wanted to send a bit of gratitude out to all of the people that made it happen.
I called DL Anderson to help me make my first official music video. He was one of my first true friends I made after moving to North Carolina twelve years ago. Back then he was a staff photographer at the Independent Weekly. Over the years he’s taken most of my band photos and album covers. I’ve scored most of his films, starting with short films and culminating with his first feature length documentary “Farmer/Veteran”. We stood up in each other’s weddings and were both present at the hospital when our children were born. I’m proud to call him a brother. He and I used the making of this video as an excuse to spend an extra day in New Orleans, you know to get just the right shots and that just right lighting that you can only find in between pints of Dixie Lager at Vaughan’s.
Amelia Meath is a force of nature. I wish all people who earned mainstream success had her calibre of personality, humor and generosity. She does it right and she does it gracefully. She was relaxed and confident for the entirety of this video shoot and that was a damn blessing to be around.
Stella Cook from Dear Hearts was our stylist. I’m lucky to count her as my family and call her my SIL. She is one of my favorite people to be in the same room with. She has a way of working with clients to help them feel at ease with their own natural tendencies and rhythms. When she’s not busy making us all look our best, she's creating magic vibes for the backstages of music festivals and working as a trainer at Base Pilates here in Durham.
King’s Red and White is a small family owned and operated grocery market a few blocks from my house. It’s a place where everyone greets everyone and their kids by name, all the way from the checkout back to the butcher shop. The opening shot of this video comes from their front window. If you live in Durham and haven’t shopped here, here’s a tip: A lot of the local celebrated chefs in town call this their favorite spot. They’ve been buying produce from local farms since the 50’s.
Guanajuato is a taqueria located just a few blocks south of King’s Red and White and is the very first place DL Anderson took me to lunch when we moved in to the neighborhood back in 2007. I’ve eaten here approximately 487 times in the last ten years.
Down Yonder Farm is where all the shots of horses and trees were filmed. I first visited some years ago when we made Alice Gerrard’s Grammy Nominated “Follow The Music” on the property. Hiss Golden Messenger recorded parts of Lateness Of Dancers there and we also made Charlie Parr’s “Stumpjumper” there as well. We’re so grateful to Susan Gladin and the late Peter Kramer for making space on their land to grow art and creativity. It’s a very calming place to spend time at and has probably my favorite kitchen ever.
New Orleans. *le sigh* I can't say enough about this city. Most of what you see was filmed in The Bywater neighborhood. I found a real treasure in a box of gospel 45’s at Euclid Records. I love finding good gospel records. I don’t collect records for rarity or value, I just care about what is contained in the grooves. It’s all magic.