At 11:00 a.m. on a Monday morning, regulars at the VFW 8422 social club for war veterans in Smyrna, Tennessee, sat on their beloved barstools as director Peter Zavadil and his crew turned the haunt into a small-town wedding venue. The smoky, dim bar and accompanying reception space took on the life of an Eighties-themed ceremony for Kip Moore's latest music video, "I'm to Blame."
Betsy Batt and Aaron Archer play a bride and groom who have hired Moore and his band to perform at their nuptials — a bad move on the groom's part. The country star and his band hijack the ceremony and with full cooperation from the now-runaway bride, get the party started.
The video's concept is certainly reminiscent of the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson flick, Wedding Crashers, but Moore says that wasn't really what he had in mind. "Wedding Crashers is one of my favorite movies of all time," he explains. "It was the hardest I've ever laughed in a movie theater. That's not what sparked the idea for me, though. When I was listening to the song and trying to think of a video, that's what was going on in my head."
Rolling Stone Country was invited to observe the "I'm to Blame" video shoot, where we talked to the country star about his new song, red-hot career and matrimonial mischief.
All photos by Ivor Karabatkovic.