Lindsay Ell’s recipe for getting over a guy includes one little black dress and six strings.
The singer-songwriter-guitar-slayer brings her girl-power tune, “By the Way” to life in a brand-new lyric video, making its exclusive premiere on Rolling Stone Country today. Co-written with Barry Dean and Luke Laird, Ell’s latest single is all about learning from bad relationships and moving on. . . quickly and without a whole lot of tears.
“Not every relationship needs to be sad and down in the dumps after it. You learn from it,” says the singer, whose goal was to write an empowering, uptempo tune. “You learn what you want and what you don’t want, and you move forward.”
Acting out that lemons-into-lemonade scenario in the new video, Ell strums an acoustic guitar while lounging on her bed. The Canadian singer played guitar, mandolin and ganjo on the “By the Way” recording, taking a cue from one of her guitar heroes.
“I look to musicians like Keith Urban, and he’s such an incredible singer, player, songwriter, performer, entertainer,” she says. “It’s like he uses the guitar as another voice. He speaks through his lyrics, but also through his guitar.”
Sharing the spotlight with Ell and her guitar in the clip is a closet full of club-ready clothes, from which she chooses the perfect LBD and presumably heads out for a night on the town. She’s “good at getting over goodbye” and ready to say hello to someone who’ll treat her better anyway.