The South may or may not rise again, but great music videos will always live on….
By Fred Mills
With the release of his solo album The Arrow near the tail end of 2014, Winston-Salem’s Jeffrey Dean Foster (ex-Right Profile/Carneys) knocked the proverbial ball out of the park, notching numerous year-end best-of kudos in the process. (It’s reviewed HERE.) He subsequently followed that up with a video for album track “Morningside,” and now he’s got an outstanding one for “Young Tigers Disappear,” directed by documentary filmmaker Tom Green. Check it out:
Foster commented on the political and anti-war themes of the song, explaining, “I think that the big view of the song could be heard as anti-war, but the zoomed-in, micro view is about the old and rich sending the young and poor out to fight their wars. It has happened forever. It’s been a while since one of our leaders was actually out front, leading the charge on a horse. After I wrote the song, I started to wonder if it was too topical, explicit or even obsolete. Sadly, it seems like it won’t be obsolete for years to come.”
Green added,. “I think in today’s extremely polarized political environment, it’s good to envision how we can avoid conflict rather than enflame it. I wanted to do a video that was true to the anti-war message of the song, but also true to Jeff’s kind spirit. If we could all learn to express our opinions through art rather than divisive speech, I think we’d all be better off.”
In addition to Foster, drummer Brooks Carter, guitarist Rick Randall and bass player Britt Harper Uzzell (Snüzz), the cast includes Civil War re-enactors representing the 28th Regiment NC Troops and 40 kids with sticks, who are all students at local schools or active in Winston-Salem drama groups.
Incidentally, Foster is performing tonight and next week in Winston Salem, then next month in Charlotte. Tour dates at his official site.