Eric Paslay exploded onto the country scene in 2013, grabbing a Top 5 hit with the party anthem “Friday Night.” Now he thinks his follow-up single “Song About a Girl” is even better suited to today’s modern sound.
“Why do you need a shiny truck unless you’re trying to get the girl to hop in it?” he asked CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “There’s no reason you’re heating up the bonfire unless you’re trying to get her heated up. It’s cool, it’s just a fun song.”
On top of his “Friday Night” success, Paslay had earned mainstream exposure as a co-writer on hits like Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and Eli Young Band’s “Even if It Breaks Your Heart.” So, the redheaded singer-songwriter already had a solid fan base that grabbed ahold of “Song About a Girl” right away.
“I’m glad that people are digging it,” he told CMT. “I’m glad that people understand what we’re talking about. It’s a song about a girl, it’s sexy, it’s rebellious, it’s playful and timeless all in one. I think that’s what we’re doing with the music video.”
“Song About a Girl” marks Paslay’s second time making a video, and he says the project’s concept took on both a literal and historical feel.
“Every song, every piece of history through time has been about a girl,” he explained. “From Cleopatra to Marilyn Monroe to even Lady Liberty, it’s always been about a girl, and I think we’re doing a great job of really capturing that in this video.
“All the girls that are in it are great friends, so it’s cool. It will be a cool video and good piece of history of our lives that we’re living right now.”
Tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 2-3) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.