Clay Walker highlights 2020’s lonely nightlife scene in his official video for “Need a Bar Sometimes,” marking the ’90s hit maker’s first video in nearly a decade.
Directed by Matthew Paskert and filmed in a nearly deserted Froggy and Jeffro’s Bar in Spring Hill, Tennessee, it finds Walker in an empty watering hole that would normally be full of people — but is now more like a ghost town. Looking for connection and a place to recharge, he does what he can but it’s just not the same, showing how going out has changed due to COVID-19.
The lonely standout finds the “If I Could Make a Living” star continuing to crank out new material and updating his country sound for new era, which he talked with Sounds Like Nashville about over the summer. Working with a brand-new team behind him, he co-wrote “Need a Bar Sometimes” with Jaren Boyer, Josh Mirenda and George Birge in direct response to a year unlike any before — and the idea that despite a pandemic, the need for a place to escape hasn’t gone away.
“It’s been eight years since I’ve shot a video, and I’ve got to say this was probably the most fun video that I’ve ever done,” Clay Walker says. “When the other songwriters and I started writing, we were talking about the coronavirus and not being able to get out and spend time with our friends. Then, someone said ‘we all need a bar sometimes,’ and we knew immediately that we had to write that. There have been plenty of times when I’ve partied at a bar and times that I’ve been brokenhearted too. There’s not a line in this song that I haven’t lived.”
The new track was produced by hit making studio ace Michael Knox (best known for his work with Jason Aldean) and Boyer, and is set to be part of Walker’s soon-to-be-announced 2021 album.