Charles Kelley Debuts ‘The Driver’ Video
Charles Kelley has officially taken the plunge into a solo project with his new single, “The Driver,” and his new music video makes it even more real. The artist teamed up with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay for the tune, and both artists appear alongside Kelley in the vintage-tinted video.
Filmed from the perspective of life on the road, it features Kelley first rolling out of Nashville and on to the next city, while the first chorus brings in Bentley and Pasley to sing together on a stage in an empty venue. Pasley takes on the second verse, reflecting on what it’s like to be a modern-day wanderer for the sake of music that “can save a soul — the one who’s at every show in the front row."
The guys all come back in, singing the chorus together as a refrain in between each other’s stories as the video shows the gang hanging out, playing poker and relaxing while on the road. It’s not only a song about the artists, but the whole team that makes a show happen — the literal drivers, "shuttin’ down up-all-nighters" who put it all together.
Kelley says he wasn’t sure the song, which he co-wrote with Paslay and Abe Stoklasa, would see the light of day, or in what capacity.
“The perspective seemed like a Crosby, Stills and Nash story song,” Kelley explains. “We went in the studio to record it with no agenda. I thought, maybe it’ll be the start of the next Lady Antebellum record, maybe we’ll scrap it, maybe I’ll pitch the song to other singers.”
Fans of good-old-fashioned story songs, three-part harmony and Americana-country stylings will be glad they decided not to scrap it. Check out the full video above. “The Driver” is available to purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and Kelley's six-song EP is set to release in early 2016.
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