Tracy Lawrence's new video for "Lie" is raising eyebrows -- and not just because it's his first video on CMT in seven years.
"We pushed the envelope a little bit, but you know what? As long as I've been away, you've got to shake up the tree a little bit to wake everybody up and say, 'Whoa, let's look at this,'" Lawrence tells CMT.com.
Viewers will see a lot of Lawrence's co-stars in the video, too, from fully-clothed to ... well, not fully-clothed. As the story unfolds, Lawrence is suspicious that his girlfriend is cheating on him, so he seeks out his best friend (played by Sleepy Hollow actor Michael Roark) for advice. Turns out, the friend knows more than he lets on.
"This is a scenario that I went through when I was in high school, except the shoe was on the other foot. I was the guy that was messing around with my buddy's girlfriend -- and I got caught," Lawrence says.
"He had just graduated from high school, so he was out working during the week and he'd come back home on the weekends. I was supposed to be looking after her, you know, a buddy-buddy thing, and we hooked up," he adds. "We were at a high school dance one weekend, and he came back in. I was dancing with her, and he tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around, and he laid me out, dude. I never saw it coming. So this is something I had a personal connection to."
Even though Lawrence is the obvious focus of the video, he doesn't get the girl in the end.
"Yeah, ain't that a little bit of a twist? But you know, I'm at a different place in my life," he says. "And the girl that's in it is such a beautiful girl. She is one of the dance instructors for my kids at a dance school out in Mount Juliet [near Nashville]. She is one of the sweetest things, and she actually has a twin sister. There's an identical pair of them. We've been around these girls since they were 16 years old. I wanted to use her in the video, but I couldn't use her as my love interest. It would've been just too weird. So I had to figure out a way to make it work."
Lawrence says "Lie" is the fourth -- and probably final -- single from Headlights, Taillights and Radios, an album he released on his own label in August 2013.
"From all the years that I've been in the business, you know that ballads are what impact. Mid-tempos are great, you can sell some records on 'em, but when it comes down to it, ballads are the meat-and-potatoes on the album," Lawrence says. "We really saved our budget to do a video and put some money behind it when we got to that point. ... We wanted to end on a high note. It just seemed like this was the right one."