RaeLynn’s infectious new single “Tailgate” has the singer reminiscing of her youth hanging out in — you guessed it — a tailgate. The feel-good track gets an equally fun music video and features cameos from some of the singer’s famous friends including Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell, Cale Dodds, and Hayley Orrantia.
“Tailgate” Music Video
Directed by P. Tracy, RaeLynn stars in the three-minute clip where she’s seen dancing in the bed of a tailgate. As she recalls past nights with her now-husband Josh, cameos from some of the other important people in her life are also included.
“Mama don’t need to know everything / Some things you keep to yourself. Like dumb things you do when you’re 17 on the DL. If that tailgate ever tells / I’ll be the small talk of the town,” she sings on the track.
RaeLynn penned the catchy song with Canaan Smith, Corey Crowder and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. She says when she got in the room with the guys she simply wanted to have fun.
“Lately when it comes to songwriting, I’ve made it a point to have fun and create music that feels good. The day we wrote ‘Tailgate’ I told Canaan, Corey and Tyler that if the song doesn’t make me want to dance then I don’t want to cut it,” Raelynn says in a statement. “Without fail, ‘Tailgate’ makes me want to dance on stage every single time I perform it and when you hear it you can’t help but sing along.”
It’s hard not to dance along with RaeLynn in the new video, too. The song holds personal meaning to her as well. She’s been driving the same Ford F-150 truck since she was 18.
“I got to thinking about all the trouble I’d have been in with mama and dad if that truck ever told a secret on me. I think everyone remembers that first car or truck and all the secrets it kept for them growing up,” she adds.