Chris Young has released a fittingly gut-wrenching video for his current single “Sober Saturday Night.” The ballad appears as a vocal collaboration with Vince Gill on Young’s fifth album I’m Comin’ Over.
The tune equates the pain of heartbreak with something like the worst hangover. Directed by David Poag, the video’s narrative does something similar, centering on a man who crawls out of bed as if shaking off the effects of a long night while Young appears to be telling the story in his scenes. But as the man goes about his day, hopping in the truck with his three-legged dog, it becomes clear that the rowdy bar scenes are a tortured memory from the night he truly hit bottom and lost everything. His deliberate daily routines, it turns out, are adapting to his new normal without booze.
Young wrote the song with brothers Brett and Brad Warren and it follows the back-to-back Number Ones “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think of You.”
“That was the first time I’ve written with them,” Young tells Rolling Stone Country. “We spent 90 percent of that day writing a tempo song that no one will probably ever hear. We had about an hour left before one of them had to pick up their kids. Brad sat down at the piano and was like, ‘Check this out.’ And we decided to write something more serious. We started writing it and wrote it in 45 minutes. Of course, that’s the song we loved, ‘Sober Saturday Night,’ and the other song we spent all day on is just OK.”
Young recently performed the song on The Tonight Show with Gill and The Roots, and he’ll launch a second leg of his headlining I’m Comin’ Over tour in fall 2016.