March 31, 2021 by 1888media
Austin singer, songwriter, guitar slinger Johnny “Chops” Richardson has unveiled his beguiling concept video for “Trouble With the Truth,” the affecting 3rd single from his forthcoming EP, Yours, Mine and the Truth.
Richardson revealed its backstory with exclusive commentary for The Bluegrass Situation, who hosted the exclusive premiere.
“One September morning in 2019, I got up early, before the dogs or my wife were awake, grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down in my writing room. This song fell out of the sky into my lap and was basically written in about an hour. It’s a departure from most of my material and from some of the “songwriting rules” I usually stick with. It isn’t a sing along or an anthem, but more of a lament. I think of it as a sad little poem. Aside from my vocals and acoustic guitar, the rest of the track is producer and multi-instrumentalist David Abeyta. He put a lovely finish and a beautiful solo on this song.”
“While I was writing the video treatment, I wanted to lean in to that lonely feeling by filming in some dark and bleak locations. I came across these dramatic spaces researching abandoned buildings on YouTube and was lucky enough to contact the property owners through the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce and get their permission to film. The video wouldn’t have the same visual depth or resonance without their assistance and patience. I also have to give some extra credit to the camera expertise of my DP, Brian Monnone (Big Flavor Films) for helping to capture the atmosphere of the song, as well as braving some structurally questionable locations. Creating this story has been an exciting exploration into videography, film and screenwriting. I have been telling tales through song for almost 20 years, so it’s an exciting next chapter that I hope to pursue more in the future.”
Watch the compelling journey of The Elephant Man, and his version of the Citizen Kane rose, exclusively at The Bluegrass Situation.
“Trouble With the Truth” arrives April 2 to digital streaming platforms.