The Josh Abbott Band is most often described as Texas country, but lately they’ve been building a nationwide fan base with the release of their concept album Front Row Seat and progressive singles like “Wasn’t That Drunk,” featuring guest Carly Pearce.
The band has now released a music video to go along with that dramatic track, bringing to life a story about two friends who seem to think their fling will just be a one-night stand, but wake up feeling like they’ve stumbled into something deeper. With direction by Evan Kaufmann, the clip takes place at a glitzy (and glittery) New Year’s Eve party, but it’s the interplay between Abbott and Pearce — a Kentucky-born Grand Ole Opry favorite — that steals the show.
Speaking with Rolling Stone Country last summer, Abbott said Pearce was the missing piece in a song that he thinks moves his band into new territory.
“The minute I got it, I listened to it like six times in a row and I thought ‘This is it, this is a smash. We just gotta get the right girl on it,'” he explained. “It sounds like our band, but it’s got just enough pop elements to make radio happy, and it’s got just enough touch — fiddle and all that — to make our fans happy.”
The Josh Abbott Band and Carly Pearce will perform “Wasn’t That Drunk” on Jimmy Kimmel Live May 31.