Watch Courtney Jaye's 'Say Oh Say' video premiere
Posted February 28, 2013
For people who know Nashville, Courtney Jaye's new video opens with one of the biggest stars in town -- costumer Manuel.
"He's such a character," Jaye says of Say Oh Say emcee Rhinestone Rembrandt, who has clothed nearly every country star in Nashville, as well as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. "He's like the Nashville equivalent of Hugh Hefner. He shows up with five young blond women on his arm, and he's the life of the party."
Though the dress she wears in the clip isn't a Manuel piece, the Nashville singer/songwriter does own two pairs of pants designed by him -- one that used to belong to Stephen Stills.
"I don't know how I fit into pants that Stephen Stills wore in 1978," Jaye says. "I ended up wearing them off and on at shows for years, and I became so enamored. Then I had a pair of pants made by (Manuel) in 2008, and I've kept in touch with him."
The song itself is a hauntingly nostalgic throwback to Music City's countrypolitan days.
"It reminds me of a Blue Oyster Cult song," Jaye says. "The melody sort of takes me to that, for some reason. It's one of the more pop-leaning songs on the record."
Jaye calls her new album Love and Forgiveness a " '70s-inspired country-pop album." Out May 7, it's the follow-up to 2010's The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye, an album praised by the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill.
"It's not as lo-fi as Exotic Sounds," she says. "I wanted to make a record that was modern but also had those classic undertones." The songs, she adds "harken back to melodies from the '70s. There's a common thread that reminds me of music from that era."
In the Say Oh Say video, directed by Seth Graves, Jaye's band includes drummer Poni Silver from The Ettes, as well as Joseph Scala and Sean Thompson from Nashville rock band Promised Land. The album, produced by Mike Wrucke, features an Los Angeles-based crew of musicians including acoustic guitarist Neal Casal and lap-steel player Greg Leisz.
Jaye, who has recorded four previous albums, including one for Island/Def Jam in 2005, is touring with comedian Stephen Lynch, having sung on his recent album Lion: 'It's kind of the equivalent of the Lonely Island, but for Americana music."
Latest in Entertainment