Patty Griffin’s dreamy, nostalgic video for “Ohio” artfully combines intriguing design with earnest folk music. Directed and designed by Roy Taylor, the video’s backdrop is made entirely from cut paper and pulled from the history books.
“I wanted to portray the overwhelming desire to reunite with family and loved ones and the spirit of those who helped,” Taylor tells Rolling Stone. “Visuals were inspired by historical images such as the false bottom wagon, the stairway from the banks of the Ohio River leading to a safe house of [the abolitionist] John Rankin and a lantern hoisted up a flagpole to signal that bounty hunters and their dogs were not in the area.”
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Along with all the beautiful paper visuals, Griffin’s video also features a special cameo from a familiar face: her beau Robert Plant, of Led Zeppelin fame, who harmonizes with Patty on the track.
‘Ohio’ will appear on Patty Griffin’s seventh album, American Kid, set for release on May 7th. Griffin and her band will tour throughout 2013; check out a list of tour dates at her website.