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CMT Premiere: Kaylee Bell Bridges Gap Between New Zealand and Nashville with "Small Town Friday Nights"

Kaylee Bell, Lindsay Rimes, and Phil Barton wrote “Small Town Friday Nights,” and Brooks Barry produced the video that was filmed in Leiper's Fork.

New Zealand country pop artist Kaylee Bell is bridging the gap between the oceans with her song  and video “Small Town Friday Nights.” The song opens with a rollicking banjo punctuated by an electric guitar that flows into an anthemic chorus about the joys of small-town life.

Kaylee Bell, Lindsay Rimes, and Phil Barton wrote “Small Town Friday Nights,” and Brooks Barry produced the video that was filmed in Leipers Fork, just outside of Nashville.

“It’s a beautiful little town that reminded me so much of the small town I grew up in on the South Island of New Zealand,” Bell said. “The truck we used was one we saw on the side of the road and loved.”

Bell wanted the truck in her music video, but she had never driven in the U.S., where people drive on the other side of the road than what she’s used to in New Zealand and Australia.

“We had a lot of laughs while I navigated how that was supposed to go,” she said. “The truck held up like a beast despite being super old and worn, and we got a beautiful summer Tennessee day to shoot, which are some of my favorite kind of days.”

Bell believes the long winding roads and simple beauty in the music video showcase small-town life.

“And, it features an epic old school pickup truck, the ultimate small town starter kit,” she said.

The singer, the most streamed country artist for Australia per her bio, said she hopes the song makes people feel nostalgic for Friday nights of their youth.

“Those years are some of the best years of your life kicking around the bonfire out in the middle of nowhere with friends,” she said.

She explained she was “overwhelmed” when she saw the clip, which was shot during a Tennessee summer by just three people.

It captures the happiness we felt during the day of shooting it, and I think it is simple and timeless,” she said.

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