Big Kenny, one half of the storied superstar duo Big & Rich, releases his debut single and video â€œLong After Iâ€™m Goneâ€ during the midst of a summer tour and his role as a judge and mentor on CMTâ€™s hit show â€œCan You Duet.â€
A renegade film crew of Big Kenny and his â€œbrothers and sistersâ€ headed to Culpeper, Virginia in a day’s notice to shoot the footage for the debut singleâ€™s video in less than twenty-four hours. â€œI was in LA for some meetings and had the urge to do this video and try to get it shot as soon as possible. Seriously, on Tuesday I make the call, on Wednesday Iâ€™m gone all week to work in LA, on Friday I meet my crew in Virginia, we make it back to Nashville Sunday, and by Monday I am off to Southern Sudan to deliver supplies and visit the school we helped make a reality,â€ a jovial and mission accomplished beaming Big Kenny says.
This group effort that took hold in less than 48 hours has produced a video that is receiving immediate heavy rotation on CMT and GAC including CMTâ€™s â€œPower Picksâ€ video showdown and much more. In a climate where a mission is often over-analyzed, the fruits of the â€œgut and gloryâ€ ring true with this video. From concept to reality, this video came to fruition in breakneck time, had a team in place many miles away with commando-style impromptu filming.
Fans can watch the video and get a FREE download of the track at http://www.bigkenny.tv. The song is written by Big Kenny, Richie Supa and Marc Beeson and co-produced with Chris Stone.
â€œLong After Iâ€™m Goneâ€ makes its way into Big and Richâ€™s summer show as both Big Kenny and John Rich perform a few of their solo projectsâ€™ songs as part of the multi-platinum and award-winning duoâ€™s coast-to-coast 35-city tour that culminates in Atlantic City on September 5th.
Big Kenny reflects on his heritage and the shooting of the video:
â€œThe day was a perfect spring day in the Blue Ridge of Virginia, my mothers flowers were kickin’, the sky was blue as ice and the fields of uncut hay were waving as my father and my Uncle George were steadily working hard to get it ready for the animals this winter.
The video for “Long After I’m Gone” was shot in Culpeper, VA on my family’s farm; “Rillhurst”. My son Lincoln and his cousins will make the 8th generation of farmers to steward this land in VA.
My father, whom is 80, made hay all day we were there shooting, because it was his first chance the sun had been out that week.
I was raised in the brick home you see in the video, the home also was where my mother was born. My grandfather built the barns you see and I played in the same grass you see me playing in with my son, who is now three. I swung from the same tree. My relatives from as far back as the 1700â€™s are buried in the cemetery on the farm.
I was tempted into countless memories of all the times I had as a child with my brothers and sisters during this special day; not to mention lessons of life I was taught by my parents, my grandmother whom lived with us and my Uncle George who taught we how to fix anything with a hammer and barbwire!
I also planted the pine trees the horses are under when I was a teenager. Now it’s a forest. Cool. I thought we were poor as a kid, but sure realize now how fortunate I was to be raised in paradise.
I am forever grateful to my family and home in Culpeper, VA. I am so humbled by my heritage and the great land and country I call my home; from sea to shining sea!â€