Monday, September 26, 2016

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a country music video

Christopher Fiffie of Big Rig Videos with OOIDA Member
and singer Tony Justice. Photo by Barry Spillman
Journalism has allowed me to do some cool things over the years. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend some of the biggest sporting events, to meet some of my childhood heroes, and to get a behind-the-scenes view that most people aren’t afforded.

This past weekend, I was able to add to that list of cool things. After attending the Guilty By Association Truck Show on Saturday, I was privileged to watch the making of a country music video on Sunday.

OOIDA Member Tony Justice had a big idea for the video for his song, “Stars, Stripes and White Lines.” He wanted to get footage of a convoy of tractor-trailers with a patriotic theme.

The big idea turned into reality. Fourteen tractor-trailers, many of which were driven by veterans, took part in the video shoot. OOIDA’s “The Spirit” driven by Jon Osburn was the lead truck. Sean McEndree’s “Band of Brothers” truck, which serves as a tribute to Purple Heart recipients, and Grant Maxey’s stunning patriotic tanker were among the more than a dozen trucks involved.

I was even able to participate as McEndree allowed me to ride along.  

The convoy started at the Petro Stopping Center off Highway 43 in Joplin, Mo., and turned around about 50 miles later at a Wal-Mart in Bella Vista, Ark. Christopher Fiffie, of Big Rig Videos, was in charge of capturing all the footage along Interstate 49.

It was interesting to see the reaction of all the other drivers and motorcyclists traveling along the highway. An enthusiastic wave or a salute was among the common responses.

Soon, the footage will be edited and made into Justice’s latest video.

I can’t wait to see it.