Canaan Smith’s current single “Hole in a Bottle” is a pretty upbeat song about being worn down and bummed out. A spiritual cousin to Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand,” the rowdy rocker should hit home with anyone who’s ever sought salvation through excess.
Appropriately, the video for “Hole in a Bottle” makes this self-destructive gesture seem like the most natural and entertaining thing a person could do on a weekend. Filmed at the Sumner Skate Zone in Gallatin, Tennessee, the clip features Smith, his wife Christy and their friends (including Kristian Bush) donning roller skates, playing human bowling (exactly what it sounds like) and dancing around in creepy animal masks as the disco lights flash. Smith dispenses entirely with mixing his drinks, instead taking shots directly from the bottle.
Smith recently launched his headlining Stompin’ Grounds Tour, which heads to Greenville, South Carolina’s Blind Horse Saloon tonight (November 13th). Fans may get to witness a little bit of that party from the “Hole in a Bottle” video if Smith has his way.
“I feel a big responsibility to the fans to go beyond their expectations, give them an experience they’ll never forget,” Smith tells Rolling Stone Country. “So I’m losing sleep over it. . . in a good way.”
Earlier in 2015, Smith enjoyed a big surge in popularity when the single “Love You Like That” — from his debut album Bronco — hit Number One while he was a guest on Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer Tour with Maddie & Tae and Kip Moore.
“Dierks is a generous headliner — generous to his opening acts and to what he’s learned,” says Smith. “I want to pass that on. I’m bringing out Russell Dickerson, who’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And what I’ve learned, I want to share with him. . . and learn from him, too. It’s all about camaraderie and certainly not taking things too seriously.”