One year into his tenure as a student at Auburn University, Dee White left scholastics and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Initially, the gamble paid off. White had signed a record deal with Easy Eye Sound/Warner Music Nashville and got to work on his 2018 debut, "Southern Gentleman." He chased a vibey, vintage sound, but his career fell prey to the pandemic. He lost his record deal, his tour dates were canceled, and he was forced to move home to Alabama.
Now he's pressing the restart button with his new song and video, "Wagon Girl," which also leans into the vintage vibe – although not quite as hard as his earlier work.
White wrote "Wagon Girl" with Sergio Sanchez. Tony Brown produced the song, and Ryan Nadzam directed the video.
"When Sergio Sanchez and I wrote this song, we wanted to capture that idea of feeling small and powerless when someone relapses back into an old fling that feels more like a bad habit you just can't quit rather than a relationship," White said. "So the idea of the video featuring a tiny version of me performing the song amidst a wild party while almost getting stomped by a boot putting out a cigarette, and climbing up pizza boxes felt like a really interesting way to represent the song and also show a sense of humor about it all. The director, Ryan Nadzam, did an incredible job of making it all come to life."
He said the video was "really fun to make" and included working in front of a green screen – which was new to him.
"Climbing a ladder taped completely green and walking on a treadmill that was painted green were not things I thought I would ever be doing in a video, but it was a ton of fun, and I love how the video turned out," he said.
White was "tickled" with the finished clip and said he "just loved how it turned out."
"I hope people have some fun with it and have a laugh here and there but maybe also recognize a little of themselves in it," said the singer.