‘Su­per­man for a Day’ video shot lo­cally

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Last week, a few days be­fore Hur­ri­cane I r ma turned the skies gray and wet, I drove down to LaFayette to watch Scott and Todd Smith shoot a video for their lat­est sin­gle, “Su­per­man for a Day.”

They shot the video on the fam­ily’s nearly 50-acre farm un­der a gor­geous blue sky. It was a per­fect day and a per­fect set­ting for the shoot.

Scott said he wrote “Su­per­man for a Day” while watch­ing a NAS­CAR race.

“It took about 35 min­utes,” he said.

“It’s about be­ing a kid when you could use your imag­i­na­tion and be what­ever you wanted to be, and hav­ing no wor­ries.”

When I ar­rived, the broth­ers had just shot a scene in the farm’s big red barn and later shot one of a young brother and sis­ter climb­ing a fence and run­ning through the tall grass as if they didn’t have a care in the world.

“We grew up on this farm, run­ning all over the place,” Todd said. “That’s what this song is about. That in­no­cence.”

The broth­ers used to per­form with t he Brody John­son Band. Brody John­son was Scott’s al­ter ego, he said. When they were asked to open for Alan Jackson at Ge­or­gia Gov. Nathan Deal’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, it marked the last time their fa­ther, Wesley Smith, got to see them play. They de­cided to honor him by chang­ing the band’s name.

“He was a huge sup­port- er of us,” Scott said. “He told us ‘Y’all go do it. You sound as good as any­thing else I’m hear­ing.’ ”

This is t he s econd video for the duo , who were proud to share that the video for “Lit­tle Barry Courter Things” had been viewed 1.2 mil­lion times on their Face­book page. Like “Su­per­man,” it was shot in the North Ge­or­gia area with Flick Wilt­shire of Vin­tage Flick Pro­duc­tion.

The broth­ers have been busy lately vis­it­ing ra­dio sta­tions in mar­kets around the coun­try. Todd said be­ing an in­de­pen­dent coun­try artist has some ad­van­tages, but it means do­ing a lot of the work your­self.

“We’ve been to 38 states and 200 sta­tions in a bunch of the sec­ondary mar­kets in the last sev­eral months. We have an ad­van­tage over some of the other in­de­pen­dent artists be­cause we’ve done this and had some suc­cess. The ra­dio peo­ple know us, and our songs do very well.”

Their de­but sin­gle, “Choices & Chances,” made it onto the Bill­board In­di­ca­tor chart and the Mu­sic Row Break­out chart. “Sweet Life” and “You’re the One” also did well, and the guys hit the road open­ing for Jackson, Old Do­min­ion and Florida Ge­or­gia Line.

“Su­per­man for a Day” and “Lit­tle Things” will be on the duo’s new record, “For Bet­ter or for Worse,” due out in com­ing weeks.

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