Kristian Bush is marking his resurrection as a solo artist with an “undead” debut video that’s perfect for the Halloween season.
In the clip for his first single, “Trailer Hitch,” Bush plays off the song’s hook by casting a bar full of zombies as his co-stars.
“The song itself is born out of a lyric — ‘I’ve never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch’ — which is kinda funny,” the Sugarland star told CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “And it’s also kinda true. You can’t take it with you when you go. So that lyric was the beginning of it, and then we just kinda built it backward. It has a great groove on it, and it has this really cool message.”
For Bush, there’s a closer correlation between zombies and country music than one might expect. When it came time to create a music video, the singer-songwriter made sure to keep a lighthearted feel.
“I don’t know if you know this, but there’s a zombie apocalypse, and the only thing that can save us, apparently, is my guitar and the backbeat of this song, ‘Trailer Hitch,'” Bush joked. “The thing I love about sci-fi and the creature thing is that whenever you put them in a scene or you put them in a story, it’s never about them. It’s always about the story, which makes complete sense with country music because it’s not about the flashiness or whatever. It’s not even about the hat. It’s about the story of the song.”
Songs are exactly what Bush has set his focus on as he enters this new phase in his career. Though it’s a drastic change from the superstardom of Sugarland, making a solo album felt like a natural progression that allows him to continue making the music he loves.
“This one record is going to wake up and be two records and three records and four records,” he said. “I’m a brand new artist. I’ve got a long way to go!
“I start at the beginning of the show,” Bush continued. “I’m back to the while-you-get-your-beer-act instead of the headliner, so it starts over again, and I love that energy. That’s the energy of something new, and I watch people as they look at me stubbornly not giving up on my dream, and then they start to cheer. And then they start to not give up on their dreams, and that’s cool.”
Watch Kristian Bush’s killer “Trailer Hitch” video on CMT and CMT Pure. For more on his upcoming solo project, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 25-26) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.