Will Payne Harrison was born and raised in Louisiana (and actually makes the gumbo in this music video) but now makes his home in Nashville, where the video for “Jacqueline” was made.
Harrison explains the song’s origin. “I was on tour with my friends Adrian + Meredith in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the bartender at the bar we were playing at was very generous with the free alcohol,” he says. “Meredith and I decided (during the onslaught of free drinks) that she deserved a song about how great she was, and when I sobered up and got back to Nashville I actually wrote it. Truthfully, though, the song is about how beautiful Louisiana culture is and how—no matter how much I travel the world—I’ll always want to come back home. We tried our best to portray that in the video, and “Jacqueline” is actually played by my friend and fellow songwriter Laura Mae Socks who spent quite a bit of time living in Lafayette around the same time that I was there.”
Other dancers in the video have recently made appearances in George Strait and Tanya Tucker’s new videos. Harrison says the video was directed by Blake Thompson and adds, “Besides how fun all the extras were to work with, I think the most memorable thing was when people started arriving and we realized that almost all of the women dancers were redheads. That was very unintentional but quite funny!”
“Jacqueline” is the first single from Living With Ghosts releasing worldwide on Sept. 6. The follow-up DittyTV Debut of this video airs on the network Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10 p.m. CDT on The Curve. Tune in for this and more awesome debut videos on DittyTV.