Steve Moakler’s latest video, for the sweetly romantic “Suitcase,” uses an idyllic getaway into nature to illustrate the lyrical idea that as long as you’re with that special someone, a suitcase full of gold isn’t necessary. “I’d be fine watching you watch the sun go down, with your head on my chest on a blanket on the ground,” Moakler sings in the sunny track penned by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Thomas Rhett and featured on his self-titled EP, released earlier this year.
Like many of his own standout tunes, Moakler’s “Suitcase” contains a simply conveyed, thought-provoking message. The co-writer – with Travis Meadows – of Dierks Bentley’s inspirational “Riser,” Moakler has a knack for penning literate tunes with blue-collar sensibilities, many of them cut by Jake Owen, Ashley Monroe and Kellie Pickler, among others.
“As a songwriter there’s a part of you that wants to really say something and that doesn’t always happen with songs on the radio, so I feel spoiled that the first one I got through was a song like that,” Moakler told Rolling Stone Country of “Riser” earlier this year.
Moakler will be in his native Pittsburgh Saturday with fellow Pennsylvanian Laird, who produced his EP, for a Songwriters Round at the Hard Rock Café. He’s also currently on the road with Old Dominion on their Meat and Candy Tour.