God Didn’t Choose Sides video in the works

God Didn't Chose SidesRural Rhythm Records is hard at work on a music video for the title track of their God Didn’t Choose Sides album, which contains stories of tragedy, love and loss during the War Between The States. The songs were commissioned specifically for this project, from a number of noted bluegrass writers, looking at the war from the eyes of both Union and Confederate forces.

Marty Raybon was the singer on this song, written by Mark Brinkman and Paula Breedlove, and he is featured in the video which tells of an incident following a day long battle when the armies on both sides laid down their arms to witness a baptism in the river that separated them.

Rural Rhythm videographer Sammy Passamano tells us that they pulled out all the stops for this one.

“Since this story is so unique and compelling we wanted to bring the element of a short movie feeling to this music video. We were fortunate to use many of the same Civil War re-enactors from the 1st East Tennessee Battery and the 79th New York organizations that were present for the special God Didn’t Choose Sides concert event at Lincoln Memorial University back on February 22nd.”

They shot earlier this week on the property belonging to Steve Gulley, who produced the album and sings one of the tracks, which he wrote. Passamano said that they also shot a video for There Is A Fountain, another of the songs from the record performed by The Gap Creek Quartet (Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Don Gulley and Vic Graves). In the story of the title track, this would be the song that was sung during the baptism.

Sammy also sent along a number of still images from the video, which is being edited now for release as soon as possible.


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