One of the things I adore about Maddie & Tae ’s “Girl in a Country Song” — besides the mandolin — is that it asks the question that really gets to the heart of the matter: “How in the world did it go so wrong? Like all we’re good for is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend.”
Because that’s what it comes down to in so many country songs these days. And it makes you wonder what it would be like if the table were turned, and all that guys were good for was looking good for a girl and her friends?
Now you don’t have to wonder. You can see exactly what that would be like, about a minute into the new video, when David Spielberg starts walking up the dirt road in nothing but half-buckled cut-off overalls, cowboy boots and a hat.
The guy-as-a-country-cliché is what happens. And it’s awesome.
Spielberg told me he had a great time shooting the video at a farm near Franklin, Tenn.
“Believe it or not, I don’t model for a living,” he joked. “I’m friends with the director, and I was begging him to put me in something. So about two weeks before the shoot he called me and said, ’I got something.’ I said, ’I’m in.'”
Spielberg, who works in the merchandising part of the music industry, had no idea what he was agreeing to. But what a good sport he was. He plays the role of the sexy cliché, the object of tailgate whistles and someone’s dirt-road companion. And he plays it well. Dirty dancing, car washing, outdoor showering and even a little sensual strawberry eating. The only things he’s missing are tan legs and cherry lip gloss.
“When I heard the song, I thought it had radio written all over it. I knew they had a huge hit on their hands,” Spielberg said. “I don’t think anybody in country music is ever malicious. Songs aren’t ever meant in a degrading way. But it was just right up my alley to poke fun at the norm.”
As for his overalls, which were made into cut-offs while he was wearing them at the shoot, Spielberg said those were a big hit with Maddie, Tae and the rest of the video’s cast.
“I walk out of the wardrobe tent in my overalls,” he recalled, “and everyone was like, ’Oh my God. Is that supposed to be happening?'”