Rebel Dawg Records artist Eric Lee Beddingfield had a dream come true last year, when his musical hero George Jones sang on Eric’s “The Gospel According to Jones” single. That dream literally exploded last week, when “The Possum” appeared in a scene for the music video.
The clip was produced by Chuck Jones and directed by Ryan Lassan and Daniel Slezinger for Autumn Attic Productions. Locations included the popular 12th & Porter venue in Nashville, Kings Chapel in Arrington, Tennessee and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Springfield, Tennessee.
Beddingfield wrote the song with Randy Barber and Adam Fears for his This Life Aint For Everybody cd, and a chance meeting at a local restaurant offered the opportunity to put the song in George’s hands.
“We were eating lunch, and half-joking about cool it would be to get George to sing on this song knowing it would probably never happen,” said Eric. “We get up to leave, and George and (his wife) Nancy are sitting two tables away. I ran to the studio, made a copy of the song, brought it back to the restaurant and told them it would be an honor for George just to listen to the song. I still can’t believe a couple of months later I was standing next to him in the studio listening to one of the greatest voice in country music sing on my song!”
The video will begin hitting the airwaves mid-April. ELB is currently on tour opening for Jamey Johnson last weekend, Pat Green in Memphis on April 15 and the Halifax Oyster Festival in Daytona on April 30.
Pictured during the shoot are: (l. to r.) Co-director Ryan Lassan Autumn, Producer Chuck Jones, George Jones, Eric Lee Beddingfield and Co-director Daniel Slezinger.