Top 5 Country + Americana Music Videos of 2019 (So Far)
It might be hard to believe, but 2019 is already nearly halfway over. Over the past almost-six months, country artists have treated fans to a wide variety of songs -- and, along with them, some pretty amazing music videos.
Maren Morris struck a chord with her powerful video for "Girl," the lead single from her sophomore album, while Thomas Rhett earned some major points for his sweet video for "Look What God Gave Her." Scroll down to see where these two stars, as well as Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown and Kacey Musgraves, place on our list of the Top 5 country and Americana music videos of 2019 ... so far!
Rhett's first single from his fourth studio album, Center Point Road, celebrates sincerity over sensuality. To drive that point home, the country star and director TK McKamy opted to feature more than just the singer's totally adorable family -- wife Lauren and daughters Willa Gray and Ada James -- in the "Look What God Gave Her" music video.
“When we started talking about the music video, it was natural to include Lauren, but I also wanted to include other inspirational women who are doing some amazing things,” says Rhett, who co-wrote the song. “Rather than hire actors for the video, we connected with the founder of Love One and her family, the women of Thistle Farms and an incredible artist who also did our art for the single cover to come be featured. Being able to spotlight them and celebrate these strong women along with my wife and daughters was such a special experience."
The "Rainbow" music video spotlights struggles. The colorful dreamscape showcases a number of people, but one thing is consistent: the prominence of primary colors and Musgraves herself, basked in a bright, warm light. Near the end of the clip, the country star is shown sitting in a room filled with lush greenery and flowers, underneath a dreamy rainbow. As the people in the video find their own peace, that rainbow spreads over their heads, leaving viewers with the peaceful feeling that, as Musgraves sings, "it'll all be alright."
Brown's "Good as You" music video shares the story of a young boy who lives with his mom and grandmother. Money is scarce, but love never is: The mother works hard and worries about bills, but always manages to spend time with her son and his younger sister. Sensing their mama's hard work and devoted nature, the two siblings plan a(n incredibly sweet) surprise for her.
"I was raised with strong women around me. My mom worked multiple jobs, and my nana truly was a sheriff in my town," Brown tells CMT. "To be able to honor them is incredible, because no matter how much we struggled, my mom and nana never let me see it. They sheltered me from any problems, and I appreciate them for that."
Bentley's son Knox makes his music video debut in his dad's "Living" clip. The real-life father-son pair share the ultimate fun-filled day: an impromptu jam session in their PJs, time spent playing in the backyard, a trip to get ice cream, a visit to the water park and so much more.
"It's basically just me and Knox, just a day in the life," the proud papa tells People. "The two of us, just doing what we're doing when we're off the road, which is a lot. We pack a lot into one every day."
Directed by Dave Meyers, Morris' "Girl" music video is a powerful one. The clip follows a multitude of stories and snippets of women's lives: a fighter, a little girl burying a loved one, a young woman moving out, a dancer, an artist -- even Morris herself. Perhaps the most telling moment comes at the very beginning, though: "I think it just comes down to -- we don't want more than everyone else," Morris says at the start, "we just want the same as everyone else."
Throughout the clip, there's a feeling of strength, and by the end, viewers get the overwhelming sense that, as Morris sings, "everyone's gonna be okay" -- even if, at that moment, things seem less than okay.