Boys ‘Round Here by Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies & Friends
Blake Shelton is a country music singer with a bit of a difference. He has been able to produce a great video that is delightful to listen for country music audiences, and mainstream pop or R&B lovers alike. The song was written by Craig Wiseman, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Atkins and celebrates the way communities live and party in the south of the USA.
The Pistol Annies are a group who appear on the video and one of its members, Miranda Lambert is married to Blake Shelton. Another Pistol Annies band member, Rae Lynne, is a former singer on the talent show The Voice.
The video was produced and directed by Trey Fanjoy, who has directed more than 150 country music videos during her career. The video features Blake driving a huge red truck with massive wheels that manages to wheelie down a street overshadowing another smaller car that has been rigged to wheelie by a rival group of men.
Shelton then parks his truck and sits out on a porch with friends while drinking beer and relaxing. During what has become a real Southern party in a barn with everybody enjoying themselves, the party suddenly turns sour when a gang of men arrive looking distinctly out of place for the type of venue. It dawns on Blake that the men were the same three guys that he had passed in his made up truck earlier in the day.
At the time Blake had passed the gang, there were several awkward and surprised looks. Clearly Blake had outshone the boys with his bouncing truck and first impressions suggested that the gang were at the party to remonstrate with Blake.
However, all was fine as the gang had actually arrived to thank Blake and show him a degree of respect, rather than a make a challenge, as was seemingly likely at the earlier point of their arrival in to the barn party. In fact, the gang soon begin to dance and hug with the other guests at the barn party and soon become the life and soul of the party The video then spans to a peaceful river where three Southern belles (Pistol Annies) are having a picnic. The girls then sing a backing vocal or three before the video makes its way back to the scenes at the barn dance.
The video then shows how a country disc jockey happily begins scratching a tune on his double deck system. We see clearly how two communities, so often divided, can come together and have a good time and party. There are scenes of country boys dancing in a style that might never have been seen before and all the while there are plenty of bottles of beer being consumed on a porch. The closing scenes of the video show Blake’s monster truck rolling off into the countryside on what appears to be a warm summer’s morning.