An old closed down coal tipple in Lynch saw new life for a few hours Saturday as the set of an upcoming music video by rising country artist Brooklyhn Woods.
Woods, who is a Harlan County native, said the site was chosen by her manager.
The tipple itself was built by U.S. Steel and was the largest of its kind at the time of construction.
“We’re filming the new music video for ‘When You Love a Wild Thing,” said Woods. “It was written by three writers, one of which is a friend of mine, Megan Redmond.”
Woods said there was some doubt as to whether or not they would get permission to record the song.
“They had it on hold for Miranda Lambert, so it took a lot to get it,” said Woods. “But, we finally got it and now we’re here doing the video.”
Bernard Porter, president of Premier Career Guidance Nashville (PCG) and Woods’ manager, confirmed the song is for Woods upcoming album.
“This is her freshman album,” said Porter. “This is her second full length music video. She’s essentially building regionally now — Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia — we’re going to be moving on Nashville in the first part of next year.”
According to Porter, it is important to build a regional audience before attempting to take an artist nationwide.
“In today’s music scene, you have to build a grassroots campaign,” said Porter. “It used to be you would come into Nashville and be talented and beautiful and everything she is and they would take you. But the business has gotten so tough because of the economy and the way the business has changed, that we know we have to build a regional game plan.”
Porter pointed out Woods has been paying her dues and building that regional audience.
“That’s what she’s been doing over the last two years,” said Porter.
Porter said he has been in the music business “since I could walk,” and has represented artists such as Joe Diffie, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sheree Austin. Porter was also the head of A and R (Artists and Repertoire) for Broken Bow Records, working with artists such as Jason Aldeen.
Woods said she looks up to several women who have made a name for themselves in the music industry.
“I look up to Dolly (Parton), Loretta (Lynn), the old school traditional country (artists),” said Woods. “But right now my favorites are definitely Miranda Lambert and Kasey Musgraves.”
Woods performed Saturday night in Bell County at the Coal Country Off-Road Festival, opening for Shooter Jennings. Jennings is the son of country music icon Waylon Jennings.
You can find out more about Woods at her website at brooklyhnwoods.com.
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