On June 24, Nashville singer/songwriter Ted C Fox released his stunning debut, A Gospel of Dirt. For our purposes, we’ll assume his middle initial is for the third letter in “exclusive,” which Fox was nice enough to provide BlastEcho.
Here now is the world-wide-web debut of his amazing music video, a cover of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and some exclusive words from Fox about the song and video’s derivation. Enjoy!
I decided to cover this song one night when heading home from work and the Joan Baez version came on the radio. I was struck by the intimacy of her version as opposed to the original. I was playing a lot of Mississippi John Hurt at the time and thought a version of the song in his playing style would be really interesting. As I messed around with it, it got hookier and yet more somber and had turned into an entirely new song. I hadn’t really set out to do a version of the song, just experiment for fun. But as I messed around with it, it really grabbed me and I couldn’t stop playing it. I hesitated releasing it because I was confused about the message. It had been written by [The Band’s] Robbie Robertson and covered by so many civil rights activists, yet it seemed to be bemoaning the fall of the Confederacy. It’s a strange song in that way. It’s a song beloved by moral liberals for its ability to capture something real and historical from the humanity of “the other side.” There’s something very powerful about that that I don’t fully understand, but you can feel it.
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The video was shot by director Ben Fields and cinematographer Tyler Whitaker. The original version of the song by The Band is one of his all-time favorites. He was dying to do it and was very passionate about the song and it really shows. Grace White was kind enough to have us out to her family property in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, which is as picturesque as the South gets.
Fields’ and Whitaker’s use of the scenery and lighting was flawless. The idea was to simply capture the power of the scenery around us and the gripping history of which Robertson wrote in the original. Seeing Eye Productions nailed it. Their shots are gorgeous.
For more on Ted C Fox, check out: http://tedcfoxmusic.com/