“Heaven South” is the second single off of Brad Paisley‘s 11th studio album, Love and War. It was written by Paisley, Brent Anderson and Chris DuBois, and the music video holds true to Paisley’s Southern charm.
The singer invited fans and friends to help with the making of the new music video via Twitter, saying that he needed a bunch of country fans to act as extras. A crowd of about 400 people showed up the next day and shut down Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee, which is just 20 miles south of Nashville. Brad says he thinks of Franklin when he hears “Heaven South.” He performed the new track for the audience and also a few of his other hits.
The song celebrates the South with lyrics such as “Old Glory wavin’ at you as you’re drivin’ by the courthouse,” and a typical morning including “eggs on the griddle, coffee in my cup / Farmer on a tractor, kids on a bus.” In addition to this song, the songwriting trio also wrote “One Beer Can,” which is Love and War‘s third track.
In the video, Brad and his band members sit in the bed of a pick-up truck where they sing the song while driving through the streets of Tennessee. Other images come up of things that make the South a special place, such as sweet tea, dogs and friendly people. By the end of the drive, Brad ends up on Main Street in Franklin, where he finishes performing the song onstage in front of the massive crowd.
Check out the music video below:
The video shoot (and brief concert) all happened within one day on Saturday, April 15th. The Franklin Police Department even tweeted about the event and their appreciation for Paisley.
Love and War was released on April 21st and features multiple collaborations with artists such as Timbaland, Mick Jagger, John Fogerty and Bill Anderson. Johnny Cash is also featured on the album as a co-writer for the song “Gold All Over the Ground.”
Be sure to share this energetic music video with other country music fans!