“Pour Me Out of This Town” is the potent new single and video from singer Wheeler Bryson, whose visage bears a striking resemblance to actor Stephen Dorff and whose punchy, leathery vocal calls to mind a mainstream country version of Bruce Springsteen. But rather than coming off like the potentially awkward first taste of an actor playing the role of a country singer, the tune about nursing “one hell of a heartache” at the ubiquitous bar stool goes down like a smooth, albeit eye-opening shot. Watch the video above.
“Pour Me Out of This Town” was written by the Blade actor with his songwriting brother Andrew, who died in late December, and Bobby Tomberlin. It’s one of nine songs featured in Wheeler, the fascinating new film in which Dorff plays aspiring country star Wheeler Bryson. Cameos from the legendary Kris Kristofferson, songwriters Travis Meadows, Audrey Spillman, Tomberlin and more, are sprinkled throughout the film, which follows Wheeler’s journey from Texas to Nashville. Dorff landed in Music City with only a handful of cast members aware that he was the one under the heavy makeup and prosthetics, a method which allows much of the film action to unfold like a documentary rather than a fictional portrait of a hopeful, but conflicted country singer.
Andrew Dorff, the writer of William Michael Morgan’s current single “Missing,” scored chart-topping hits for Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes and Ronnie Dunn, among others. The Dorff family also includes patriarch and award-winning TV and film composer Steve Dorff – a co-writer of Garth Brooks’ recent single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” – whose songs have also been recorded by Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and George Strait.
Wheeler, directed by Ryan Ross and executive-produced by Tomberlin, Derek Vanderhorst and Willie Nelson’s longtime sideman Mickey Raphael, premiered in Nashville earlier this week. The film opens in theaters and will also be On Demand beginning February 3rd. The soundtrack, on Varese Sarabande Records, will also be released that day.
“Pour Me Out of This Town” is available for purchase at iTunes.