Brittany Howard has released a video for Stay High, a wonderfully chugga-chugga rhythm infused new song from her upcoming debut album.
The clip was shot in her hometown of Athens, Alabama, is dedicated to her father, and features Terry Crews, the star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and, of course, President Camacho from the must-see comedy that somehow became a documentary, Idiocracy.
In a classic case of “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”, Brittany wrote to Crews asking whether he’d star in her video, and he graciously accepted.
“I got an email from Brittany Howard, asking me to be a part of a song she wrote that was all about her dad and how special he was to the family,” says Crews. “And she poured her heart out in this letter. I couldn’t believe it. Brittany was like, ‘we can shoot it in LA,’ and I said, ‘No, I’m coming to you, we’re going to Alabama. We’re going to where you grew up, to where your family is.”
Stay High is the first single from the Alabama Shakes singer/guitarist’s debut solo album Jaime, which is set for release on September 20.