“What you see in the video is not acting,” Chris Janson assured me on a recent sunny afternoon in Nashville as we talked about his brand new video for “Fix a Drink.”
It’s a throwdown for sure: Janson and his crew really are fixin’ drinks, smokin’ cigars and gettin’ down on his farm.
“I wanted the ‘Fix a Drink’ video to be along the same lines as an everyday backyard party mixed with ‘All My Rowdy Friends’ because I’m such a fan of that era and that kind of music,” Janson said. “I grew up around that.”
So he sent an invitation out to several of his friends and family members to be part of the fun. And everyone came — even some super-famous people.
“I didn’t just want to get cameos,” Janson said. “If I had artists there or anyone famous there, I wanted them to feel like they were a part of the video and invested in the party — not like they were just there to show their face, say thank you and goodbye.”
There was a slim chance of that happening. Janson’s fellow country stars are, in fact, real friends.
“We legitimately talk outside of music,” he told me. “I’ve got some of my best friends in this video and some really big stars, quite possibly the biggest star in country music. He was there for several hours and has become a great friend to me, and my family. It’s a big deal to me.”
Can you spot the superstar in question?
For Janson, the handful of celebrity appearances speaks volumes to the camaraderie and sense of community in the country music world.
“It’s so cool to see the humility factor in all these artists who are genuinely proud of the success I’m having, the success that my team and camp are having,” he said. “And I’m equally excited about their success! It’s just really great.”
I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll let you watch and spot them all for yourselves.
So what’s Janson’s choice of beverage when he needs to kick back and “fix a drink”?
“A cold can of Mountain Dew in this ‘Fix a Drink’ cup,” he said with a laugh. “Or whatever my wife is drinking in her cup — peach martinis!”
I’ll raise my Manhattan to that.