The Grahams, ‘The Wild One’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]
The Grahams, made up of Doug and Alyssa Graham, are premiering the new music video for their song "The Wild One" exclusively on The Boot.
The "The Wild One" video, directed by David Johnson, is interspersed with clips of the Grahams facing one another and singing, but most of it focuses on a storyline that was inspired by a true event that happened during their childhood. Yes, their childhood: Doug and Alyssa Graham met and school and became friends at ages 9 and 7, respectively; they were also high school sweethearts.
"Though we take advantage of artistic license, we are recalling a real event that took place on Horseshoe Bend during our collective childhood experiences," Alyssa Graham explains. "As kids, we had a soft spot for tearjerker songs like [Paper Lace's] "Billy Don't Be a Hero" and [Bobbie Gentry's] "Ode to Billie Joe." As teenagers, like most teenagers, we avoided melodrama in favor of irony and sarcasm. However, irony became the most overplayed mode in 21st century life, one difficult to escape. It made us long for a recovery of that sense of tearjerker melodrama, never as simple as it sometimes seems."
Thus, Billy Green (the titular "wild one") was born, and although the radio edit of "The Wild One" is approximately four minutes long, the original song -- which the Grahams wrote with lifelong friend Bryan McCann -- is longer and tells more of Green's story. The shorter version, Alyssa Graham notes, gives listeners the freedom to imagine.
"We all know or have known a Billy Green," Graham says, "and we all know 'the wild one' lives on in our stories and our hearts."
The full-length version of "The Wild One" is on the deluxe version the Grahams' 2015 record Glory Bound. The new edition of the album, out now, features five newly recorded tracks: two new versions of songs from the original album, two re-imaginings of earlier and unreleased songs by the Grahams and one chilling cover of Alejandro Escovedo’s “Broken Bottle."
For more information on the Grahams, the deluxe edition of Glory Bound and upcoming shows, visit the Grahams' website.
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