To anyone sick of seeing booty-short-sporting women endlessly objectified in music videos, Jonny Fritz is here to even the score – in a pair of tighty-whities, no less. Watch above as Fritz brings the song “Stadium Inn,” from his fourth LP Sweet Creep to life, with appearances from Birdcloud’s Makenzie Green and his own, um, sweet cheeks.
“The innocence of the place is that they still keep the blinds wide open,” Fritz told Rolling Stone Country about the song’s namesake, a seedy, decaying residential hotel near the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium that is clearly visible from the highway – allowing Nashville’s hip new inhabitants to get a peek through the windows into life before the gourmet donut shops and coffee baristas. “It’s the metaphor of Nashville. It’s going to get torn down. It’ll be another place for Hot Chicken Condos or whatever.”
“Stadium Inn,” like much of Sweet Creep, may draw a few laughs as Fritz imagines what kind of characters might lie behind the hotel’s polyester blinds, but it never just rests on that humor, layering in astute observations and vivid portraits of existence outside of Instagram-ready Music Row. Produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and featuring Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith as well as vibrant fiddle work from Joshua Hedley, Sweet Creep returns to an era of country songwriting where a plotline didn’t have to be black or white and using lyrical satire didn’t immediately transform an artist into a comedic sideshow. Fritz uses all the tools at his disposal, both sweet and salty. “I’m never entirely joking,” he said, “and I’m never fully serious.”