Karissa Ella released a brand new music video for her recently released single “Hometown Bar.” She exclusively premiered the video on CMT Music all day yesterday and now the video is available everywhere. The already visually-rich song lyrics are now brought to life inside the ACM-nominated Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio with the help of Wales Toney of Whale Tale Media serving as director and producer. This song is nostalgic and reminiscent and ponders the idea of the life the budding artist may have had if she had never chased her dreams to Nashville and stayed in her hometown of North Canton, Ohio. The top-notch video features some of Karissa’s family and friends from her hometown and highlights those places we can always come home to. Watch “Hometown Bar” here: https://youtu.be/WTucwRPtwPE
“We started the video shoot at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 8:00 p.m. The long day of shooting was rewarded with plenty of memories, laughs, and Bloody Marys. Let’s just say, all the extras didn’t need to be coached on how to have a good time,” Ella starts with a laugh.
“It was important to me that we filmed this video at my actual hometown bar in Ohio. Luckily, my videographers were up for the challenge and flew to Ohio to shoot at The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio. I wanted this video to be authentic and something that I will smile at when I look back on it. We had friends and family in the video which made it even more special. My hometown bar video is a nod to local bars and all the people in them. I hope people can identify with those salt-of-the-earth kinds of people that we all know and love!”
While they pour me another
I just sit and wonder
Who I’d be if I stayed
All I know is I’ve changed
They’re all drinkin’ off the same day
Spendin’ blue collar money the same way
If they could would they leave
Does everybody dream
Well I don’t know
Nothin’ breaks my heart
Like my hometown bar
Nothin’ has my heart
Like my hometown bar
Karissa has been releasing new music this year produced by Casey Wood, who has credits with legends like Charlie Daniels, Reba McEntire and Randy Travis. “Hometown Bar” has racked up thousands of streams since its August release. She will be opening up for GRAMMY-nominated country singer, David Nail, at Nashville’s SkyDeck on Nov. 3 and making her Song Suffragettes debut on Nov. 21, 2022. For more information, please visit karissaella.com.
About Karissa Ella Karissa Ella is a breath of fresh air in today’s country music, and she’s been recognized for it by CMT, Taste of Country, Sounds Like Nashville and countless more media outlets. Inspired by the likes of Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, and Carrie Underwood, her music and writing are a reflection of those that came before her. Her live performances at places like the ACM-nominated Dusty Armadillo, attract audiences of all ages, but they keep coming back for her infectious personality and genuine songwriting. After graduating from Belmont in June 2018, she completed her self-titled EP, having co-wrote the majority of the songs. Her second EP, Blossom, came out Summer 2019 with songs like “VACAY” and “Me and Luke.” As she draws inspiration from the music she grew up on, Karissa released The Acoustic Sessions, made up of multiple covers, including “Who I Am,” “Maybe It Was Memphis,” and more ft. Johnny Gates and Jenee Fleenor (3x CMA Musician of the Year and ACM Musician Of The Year). Karissa released two original singles in 2021, “Bad Summer” and “Crackin’ Cold Ones” and “Whiskey Whispers Your Name,” “Vintage” and “Hometown Bar” in 2022, all of which received heavy press and DSP support. To stay up to date with new music and tour dates, visit karissaella.com.