One month before the kickoff of his winter tour with Blake Shelton, Chris Janson is getting back into the road-ready spirit with his video for “Power of Positive Drinkin’.” The clip for his new single finds Janson onstage, playing to some rough-and-tumble crowds who are likely fueled by the same spirits that his song cheekily recommends.
“When I walked into this interview today, I was drinking a Mountain Dew,” Janson told Rolling Stone Country two weeks ago. Although he hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol in years, Janson spent enough nights at the bar during his wetter days to help him sell the song, which he co-wrote with Chris DuBois (who also helped write Janson’s chart-topping title track to Buy Me a Boat) and Mark Irwin.
“I’ve written enough songs and sang enough songs and lived enough life that I can tell you I’ve lived everything I sing. Anything I do sing, I’ve either lived or I know about it, and it’s been a part of my life in some form or fashion. Drinking was a big part of my life in my earlier years, so I can hang with it,” he says.
Filmed over the course of several tour stops, “Power of Positive Drinkin'” shines a light on a star who’s just now entering the mainstream. At least half of the video was shot during a relatively intimate show at a packed-to-capacity club, showing Janson and his band playing nose-to-nose with the audience. Also tossed into the mix are clips from several large amphitheater gigs, with Janson literally surrounded by fans as he performs from the stage’s catwalk. Those larger-than-life shows — the kind that involve catwalks, Jumbotrons and bus hangars backstage — are becoming the norm for Janson, but “Power of Positive Drinkin'” shows the guy hasn’t forgotten his roots.