Miranda Lambert: Fastest Girl in Town
Anastasia Brown gives the inside scoop on Miranda's groundbreaking video + more
Written By: Anastasia Brown
Just like an athlete warms up before hitting the track, I get prepped and pumped before I write by listening to some of my favorite music; Rodney Crowell’s “I Know Love is All I Need,” Steve Earle’s “Fearless Heart,” Jessi Alexander’s “This World Is Crazy,” “Hank’s “I Saw The Light,” Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” and George Strait’s “The Chair.”
Listen to Anastasia's Playlist of famed songwriters this month on Spotify.
Miranda Lambert has that same effect. In fact, when I listen to her I'm reminded of Steve Earle's infamous quote about Music Row's willingness to produce unproven sounds in the mid-1980's as "Nashville's Great Credibility Scare." Miranda’s carrying that flame; along with producers Frank Liddell and Chuck Ainlay, manager Marion Kraft, Pistol Annie’s and director Trey Fanjoy.
Trey's passion for this friend and collaborator is not subtle, "I love working with Miranda and her music inspires me. We've been working together since her first video and we try to top ourselves every project. She's always blazing trails rather than following trends and the world is responding."
By now the music video for “Fastest Girl in Town” is everywhere, but this month the team is putting out additional installments. Trey directed not one music video this time but three bodies of work for multi-platforms. The second layer, an interactive version available on-line, utilizes groundbreaking technology allowing viewers to create their own car chase sequence by selecting which vehicle or vantage point they'd like to watch in real time. Miranda will be the first country artist to release an interactive music video of this kind.
As for the third, a short film inspired by the song, shows off Miranda's acting chops and Fanjoy's compelling storytelling. I predict we’ll see it on the festival circuit and winning awards. Talk about bridging every coast, Trey tapped esteemed character actor W. Earl Brown (cast in the new Johnny Depp "Lone Ranger,”) NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and technology created in Israel.
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