New Lane Road, Josh Kelley's first new album in five years, brings with it his wife's directorial debut. Katherine Heigl (of Grey's Anatomy and Knocked Up fame, among several other blockbuster films) was both behind and in front of the camera for the video accompanying the LP's first single, "It's Your Move."
"She knows I don't like doing videos, because I'm not good at 'em," Kelley tells Rolling Stone Country. "So she goes, 'I've had a [video] treatment for that song for forever.' We sent the treatment out to the label, and they asked if she'd direct. And we figured she'd star in it, too, since it's about us."
The artful, dramatic video, which has the couple acting out the roller coaster of emotions that so often accompany a relationship, also features two professional dancers helping tell the true story of a fight Kelley and Heigl had early in their marriage.
Kelley, who co-wrote "It's Your Move" with Rachel Thibodeau and Ben Glover, is thrilled with the final video — giving all the credit to his wife of eight years. "I told her, 'Saddle up, because you're probably going to be getting calls to direct some other videos now,'" exclaims the musician, who first met Heigl when she starred in his 2005 "Only You" video.
New Lane Road will be out April 22nd, with Kelley also pressing several copies on vinyl. It's the musician's first release since his 2011 country music debut, Georgia Clay, but could actually be described as a marriage of his pop/rock past and country roots. . . with a little bit of everything in between.
"I felt like maybe I screwed up, because [a journalist] asked me, 'Is this a country record?' And I said, 'I don't know,'" Kelley tells us of an earlier interview about New Lane Road. "I felt like, 'Oh man, did I screw up by saying I don't know?' But I don't know why everything has to have a stamp on it. I love making music. I love writing lyrics and singing, so it just comes together like it's supposed to be."