Friday, October 12, 2012
‘White Dixie Plate’ Pokes Gentle Fun at CMA Nominee ‘Red Solo Cup’
Comedian Torry Martin offers alternative to popular binge drinking anthem
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS) -- Borrowing melodies from popular bar songs is nothing new. Even the American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, owes its melody to an English drinking song. So when comedian Torry Martin saw Toby Keith's CMA music video of the year nominated “Red Solo Cup,” he realized the song begged for a parody - and he was more than willing to oblige.
According to a news release, before the night was over he had already penned the lyrics to White Dixie Plate which you can watch at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFd3F0rTofE&feature=player_embedded.
Torry said that Jim Beavers, the song's co-writer, told People Country magazine, “Everybody takes themselves so seriously, and artists want to appear so cool, we forget sometimes people just want to laugh and have fun and be stupid.”
“I thought, Really? You have be stupid and get drunk to have fun? Surely there is a better way to enjoy yourself.”
Instead of people sharing booze and getting “snockered at a kegger,” Martin set his parody in the middle of a traditional Southern church picnic, with families sharing a meal and enjoying each other's company. He shared the idea with some of his Nashville musician friends, and before long he was in the studio cutting the track. But to get the full effect of the parody, Martin knew White Dixie Plate needed to be a music video, so he called on longtime friend, Kyle Saylors of Saylor Brothers Entertainment to produce, and a new friend Kenny Jackson of Anthem Pictures to direct.
Martin had recently met Jackson while working together on the set of country superstar Taylor Swift's popular “Office Parody.” He set up a meeting to introduce Jackson to Saylors and the rapport was instant. The three friends started looking for a project to collaborate on. White Dixie Plate provided the perfect opportunity.
When Martin called Jackson to see if he was interested in directing the music video, Jackson said he had some reservations.
“I thought it was a charming idea, but I wasn't sure it was entirely appropriate to use a raucous drinking song melody for a video that was intended for a church audience. But after Torry explained that a number of the great hymns had borrowed their melodies from popular secular songs of the day, I was on board.”
The resulting video, which can be viewed on YouTube and other social media sites, is generating giggles, grins and belly laughs across the Internet, but Martin insists it's all good clean fun.
“We're not pointing fingers at anybody,” he says. “We just want people to know you don't have to get plastered to have a good time.
About Torry Martin
For more information about Torry Martin visit his website, www.TorryMartin.com.
About Anthem Pictures
Anthem Pictures, LLC is a full-service, high-definition video production company, founded in 2005. Kenny Jackson, Producer/Director, is the Principal and Owner. Kenny has produced and directed television commercials, long form videos and web video content for more than 10 years. His credits include work with Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride.
For more information about Anthem Pictures visit www.anthempictures.tv/
About Saylors Brothers Entertainment
Kyle and Kenny Saylors have produced and/or directed over fourteen years of national level music video, animation, motion picture, TV, and documentary projects. Their works have been featured in Fox News (Greta Van Susteren), Newsweek, Time Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Indie Wire, Charisma, Christianity Today, OC Magazine, BBC, Music Connection, and many more. Current projects include Red Bull's Game Breakers, a five part mini-series about American high school football.
Note: ANS founder, Dan Wooding, was featured in their documentary “Hollywood on Fire” along with Chuck Norris, Denzel Washington, James Caviezel, Jane Russell, Pat Boone, as well as Christian media experts, Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Larry W. Poland. These were just a few of the many Christian professionals, including producers, directors, actors, studio executives, comedians, stunt men, journalists, recording artists and critics, interviewed in the documentary that chronicles the past, present and future of faith in the entertainment industry.
For more information about Saylors Brothers Entertainment visit www.SaylorsBrothers.com
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