A Thousand Horses’ gritty Southern rock aesthetic certainly translates on record, but it’s in the live setting where they’re truly able to transport a crowd to a time of extended guitar solos and sincere — not ironic — calls for “Freebird.” The band’s new video for “Southernality,” the title track from their latest album, captures them in their element and adds just a dash of comic book style.
Directed by longtime Kenny Chesney collaborator Shaun Silva, the live scenes were filmed during A Thousand Horses’ performances as the opening act on Jason Aldean’s’ We Were Here Tour. The band shot additional scenes in front of a green screen in Nashville. With its stylish freeze frames and slow motion shots that extend beyond the letterboxing mattes, the video makes playing rock & roll seem as heroic as fighting crime.
A Thousand Horses singer Michael Hobby wrote “Southernality” with friends Corey Crowder and The Cadillac Three drummer Neil Mason, and liked the idea so much that it eventually came to signify the whole album.
“We were just sitting there trying to come up with an idea and I was like, ‘What about “Southernality?”‘ I guess I was like Southern and personality put together as one word and they were like, ‘Yes!'” recalls Hobby. “So we wrote about growing up — Corey grew up in Georgia, I grew up in South Carolina, Neil grew up in Nashville. [We] just wrote about the things we grew up seeing and the way of life and the metaphors behind that.”
In addition to opening dates on Jason Aldean’s We Were Here tour all summer, A Thousand Horses have numerous fest, including Tortuga Music Festival on April 17th and Bayou Country Superfest on May 29th.