Uncle Pete’s Restaurant and Truck Stop was abuzz with activity Wednesday when a production crew dropped by to film segments of a video for Old Crow Medicine Show’s release of its new single and album.
The bluegrass folk band didn’t make the trip to Lebanon on Wednesday, rather their parts of the video were shot the day before in Springfield.
Old Crow, made up of Kevin Hayes, Cory Younts, Critter Fuqua, Chance McCoy, Ketch Secor, Gill Landry and Morgan Jahnig, is probably best known for writing Darius Rucker’s hit single, Wagon Wheel, along with Bob Dylan. The band was inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry in September.
The band’s newest single, “Sweet Amarillo,” was also written with Dylan and will be released July 1 on ATO Records and released to radio June 9. The song will serve as the backdrop to the video shot Wednesday at Uncle Pete’s.
“The location scout manager and myself were familiar with [Uncle Pete’s],” said producer Max A. Butler. “There are not a lot of these around anymore that aren’t corporate chains.”
Old Crow’s manager Norm Parenteau said the single will on the band’s new album, Remedy, which will also be released July 1.
“We got the chorus and a little bit of the melody and then Ketch and Critter wrote more of the melody,” Parenteau said about Sweet Amarillo. “[Dylan] loved the fiddle playing. We got in the studio and recorded it, and he loved the final version. We thought, let’s make a video to help promote it.
“Max and his crew found the location. All we did was bring the song to the table. They sent us pictures, and we said it looks great.”
Parenteau said the video featuring Uncle Pete’s should be ready for release around the end of June.
Uncle Pete’s owner Pete Norman said it’s the seventh video shot at the truck stop and restaurant, which is legendary for the thousands of coffee mugs that line its walls.