Chance Stanley can’t wait to hear his song played on the radio and see his first music video played for the public.
He’ll get that chance, so to speak, at next month’s County Line Music Festival, slated for Downtown Baldwyn on April 21.
Stanley teamed up with Six Shooter Studios to recently shoot the scenes for the video to his upcoming release, “Crosstie Town.” Filming took place across two days, stretching from Marietta to Baldwyn, and taking advantage of local faces and flavor along the way. Going through the process has been a longtime dream come true for the 21-year-old from Marietta who is currently studying entertainment industry and public relations at the University of North Alabama in Florence.
“I’ve always loved music,” Stanley said. “I used to perform when I was five or six, some in church and some in festivals and singing Elvis songs. That progressed into writing and learning how to play guitar. I came into contact with Mr. Clark Richey, things happened and we wound up getting into this video.”
The song is just under four minutes long, but Stanley said he learned a lot from the video experience.
“I didn’t know how many times things would have to be repeated, like this morning we walked from the door to the truck 20 or 30 times,” Stanley said. “I didn’t realize how awesome it would be. Just seeing all the hard work that’s going into it makes you appreciative that somebody took the time to plan around what you wrote in your bedroom.”
The video will have local faces and scenes in it, but behind the scenes a staff of five people were focused on getting the shots just right. In addition to Richey’s work on the video, Amye Gousset, who many know from her work with the Baldwyn Main Street Players at the Claude Gentry Theatre, played a key role in co-directing the video, the creation of the story and editing the footage from conception to the finished product.
Shooting the footage was award-winning videographer J.B. Lawrence, from Clinton, who teamed up with Six Shooter Studios for the video. He said although he’s shot plenty of video in the past, it was the lyrics and feeling behind the song drew him to this particular project and inspired the way he shot it.
“I truly believe that the greatest impact in the shooting of this video will be with what we were able to capture and film at the sawmill in Marietta,” Lawrence said. “The organic, documentary style approach of filming in that location, using the real local workers, and capturing the realities of what they do on a day to day basis, I think will be the backbone of drawing people into the story. Chance has painted us with a wonderful, lyrical representation of real life in his song that I think warranted this real life approach to the filming of the activities at the sawmill. The song, I believe, achieves its greatest impact with that portrait of real life in a small town.”
About the song
The idea behind Crosstie Town is basically following the day in the life of a worker.
“It talks about him working at a sawmill and about his dreams of playing music,” Stanley said. “It’s not talking about it in a bad way; it’s just his realization that there are bigger things he wants to chase.”
The lyrics are personal for Stanley, whose father drives a log truck for the sawmill in Marietta and is a featured actor in the video. That personal touch keeps with Stanley’s preferred style of songwriting and music, which is classic Country. He said his style is more aligned to a singer-songwriter from Kentucky, Chris Knight, and he cites the musical styles of Waylon Jennings and George Jones as being major influencers on him.
What draws him to that genre?
“I think it’s the truth and the feeling behind the lyrics,” Stanley said. “I try to write about things that influenced me, like living in Marietta. A lot of the newer stuff (what some call ‘popcorn country’) just panders, in my opinion. I like depth. I don’t really care about trends; I’m coming from the heart. I care about showcasing the idea behind the song.”
When the song and video are ready to be released, Stanley said he and Six Shooter Studios plan to release it to all music outlets, including iTunes and Spotify. He has played the song acoustically in front of hometown crowds and has gotten positive responses, but said hearing his song on the radio the first time will be an experience.
“It’ll be indescribable,” Stanley said. “I can’t wait. I hope people like it.”