Video shoots for Cumberland River

This past weekend, the guys from Cumberland River trekked to Harlan, Kentucky to shoot not one, but two music videos in the sweltering heat.

Anthony Ladd of Kneelindesign served as director and videographer, with Penni McDaniel of Hope River Entertainment as assistant director and production coordinator.

On Saturday, they shot a video for Justified, a track from their Rock Island Express album in 2010, which was featured in the music bed for the popular FX television program by the same name. The track will also be included as a bonus on their upcoming The Life We Live CD, set to hit July 26 on Rural Rhythm.

The video ties the song even more closely with TV’s Justified, casting the real US Marshall on who’s life the show is based. Penni explained a bit about the shoot…

“We shot it on an old iron bridge over the Cumberland River in Harlan that use to be a train track. The Sheriff assured me it was still safe!

Then we also shot in downtown Harlan which was interesting since we had the song blaring all afternoon and it caused a lot of attention by everyone wanting to know why the street was blocked off and music was playing.

The Marshall was played by real life U.S. Marshall Croley Forester (and friend of the band), who is from Harlan, moved to Miami and then moved back.

Sound familar? That is what Timothy Olyphant’s character Raylon Givens did on the TV show.”

Then on Sunday, the band shot a video for Cold & Withered Heart, the just-released single from The Life We Live. The song was written by Cumberland River banjo player Jamie Dean, who also sings lead.

“We shot that one at Jamie’s Mother’s house in Harlan.  This video is more of a story, so Joey and Robin Burke (band member Joey Jones’ cousin) played the lead characters. It is a funny video – can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

Penni says that everyone was pleased with the footage they captured, though she is contemplating a “no more video shoots in the dead of summer” policy going forward.

Video release dates should be announced shortly.

Here are a few more images from the shoots.

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