The SteelDrivers, ‘Long Way Down’ Video [Exclusive Premiere]
The SteelDrivers are giving The Boot's readers an exclusive first look at the music video for their current single, "Long Way Down." The song is from their latest album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings.
The five-person group recorded both the album and the "Long Way Down" music video in the famed Muscle Shoals, Ala. Photographer Robert Rausch, who shot the band's newest promotional photos and the images for the new record's packaging, signed on to shoot the clip, although they had to scrap their original location plans thanks to Mother Nature.
"The swamp where we actually took the pictures for the [album] cover and the artwork was flooded, so we couldn’t [use that]," fiddle player Tammy Rogers tells The Boot. "That was [Rausch's] original idea, to go back to the location where we’d done our photo shoot. So we couldn’t do that because of the flooding, so we went to a nearby river and tried to get that element of water and going down and tying it all together as much as we possibly could.”
"Long Way Down" was written by Rogers, along with Jerry Salley and Liz Hengber.
“Both of them have had long-standing ties with the SteelDrivers. Jerry co-wrote "Midnight Tears" on the first album, and Liz co-wrote "I Hear the Willow Cry" with [former SteelDrivers member] Chris Stapleton on the first album," Rogers explains. "I’ve known them both outside of the SteelDrivers' world for years, so it was a great opportunity for me to get to write with them both for the new album. We had a great time."
The SteelDrivers will be spending much of the next few months on the road, in support of their latest album.
“We’re really excited to get out and tour this summer and early fall, and we’re excited about the video coming out," Rogers says. "We feel like, for the first time, we’ve got a really full team … and everything is lining up together to make this our best effort yet.”