Old Crow Medicine Show Share Video for ‘Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer’
The video is set at Brushy Mountain Penitentiary -- a fictionalized version of the real-life Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Morgan County, Tenn. -- and features the band performing in black-and-white stripes for a group of prisoners, while also telling the story of an inmate who hatches a unique plan of escape. Check out the hilarious video above.
The real Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary opened in 1896 and operated though 2009.
“Brushy Mountain is one of those epic prisons,” bandleader Ketch Secor tells CMT Edge. “It’s one of the most famous prisons in the south, and it just sounds like an imposing place. It’s up there with Sing Sing, Alcatraz, Attica. There’s a respect that has to be paid when you’re going to make your video actually inside a prison’s walls, actually in prison jumpsuits.”
The video was filmed inside the now-decommissioned Tennessee State Prison, located outside of Nashville, and features guest appearances from Marty Stuart, Dom Flemons and JP Harris. The video gives off a distinct vibe that fans of O Brother, Where Art Thou? will love, but Secor says that producers were originally focused in a different direction.
“It’s funny, you send out your song to a couple of producers in Nashville, and the video treatments come back basically like Bikini Prison Break,” he says. “You know, it was all about the girls that are washing your cell block down or whatever. But we really pride ourselves on the fact that there’s not a single woman in this video, except the man who plays one.
"We wrote this treatment that just felt like it was fun," Secor adds. "And if you were on the inside and you got to see this, hopefully you’d be rooting for Cory [Younts] and his escape, and you’d be rooting for Chance [McCoy] and his lipstick and hacksaw.”
"Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer" comes off of the band's album Remedy, which won a Grammy for Best Folk Album at the 2015 awards show on Feb. 8.