Based purely on the number of wheels on the main character’s truck, the Black Lillies’ “Smokestack Lady” is more than twice as country as any old song about a pickup.
The Americana band out of Knoxville, Tenn., is rolling out a new video for their big-rig foot-stomper written by band leader Cruz Contreras after returning home from a long tour.
“I got my guitar and started working on some wordy, deep bullshit song,” Contreras tells CMT Edge. “And I thought to myself: ‘Forget this. Just write something that you actually would want to hear and play.’
“My son and I have always had a bond over anything trucks. When he was younger, I drove for a stone company, and I’ve never been more of a hero in his eyes. He was proud of me because his daddy drove a truck. So I went with a simple concept that I knew something about. The song makes anybody in earshot feel good and it makes you wanna dance … win-win … truck-driving lover’s duet!”
Video director Ryan Newman came up with a fast-paced visual plot for the diesel-powered tune, complete with a would-be outlaw and a Smokey and the Bandit-style chase sequence. Contreras and bandmate Trisha Gene Brady even ended up doing a little acting — and you can tell they both enjoyed the experience.
“I’d like to make a video for every song,” says Contreras. “As far as acting advice, that’s the director. He’s on a tight schedule, so he tells you exactly what to do once and you get two chances to execute, then it’s time to move on. Cut!”
Enjoy the double-clutching fun of the Black Lillies’ new video, “Smokestack Lady,” from their album Runaway Freeway Blues.