Cody Belew is hanging greater than the Christmas stockings this season. An Arkansas native who now lives in Nashville, Belew has positioned the irresistible unique track “Cling Your Hat on My Christmas Tree” within the new Paramount Channel film, Dashing in December.
The festive movie, which particulars an sudden romance between a good-looking metropolis dweller and a hard-working ranch hand, premieres on Sunday, December 13 at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT. The forged consists of Andie MacDowell, Juan Pablo Di Tempo and Peter Porte.
Check out the colourful video for “Cling Your Hat on My Christmas Tree,” then learn our interview with Cody Belew beneath the participant.
CMT: Filming this video at Santa’s Pub — which is an actual bar in Nashville — was an impressed alternative. What was the vibe on set that day?
Belew: The vibe on set, for me, was… I suppose “anxious” is the most effective phrase. I had requested plenty of my mates to take part, so initially we have been asking plenty of time of them. I bear in mind folks saying, “They’re going to need to be part of it! They’re going to be excited to do that!” That was the very first thing going into it, after which we have been actually, actually delicate and proactive about how we did it with Covid. … So, main as much as it, like something that requires plenty of transferring elements, I used to be a bit of about nervous about all of that. However as soon as we acquired into the area and began the shoot, it went off and not using a hitch.
It’s humorous as a result of we had shot the duvet artwork for the only in entrance of Santa’s Pub, not anticipating the proprietor to be there, or the place to be open. He closed it again in March and it hasn’t been open all yr. However he got here exterior, and earlier than I knew it, he was within the entrance seat of this outdated Oldsmobile that we have been capturing in, because the chauffeur, and that each one blossomed into us filming at Santa’s Pub and him starring within the video.
Are you a line dancer?
Now I’m a line dancer. The film that’s popping out on Sunday, which the track is featured in — that’s the entire purpose any of this occurred. It’s featured in a line dancing scene, so the choreographer-producer from the film was gracious sufficient to get on a Zoom name with myself and one among my mates who simply so occurs to be an achieved choreographer. She taught us the bones of the road dance from the film, then we took that and tailored it for me. So, who is aware of? Possibly we’re going to begin this enormous craze with this line dance.
I’d think about you wrote the track serious about the rhythm and the beat for a line dance, however what was in your thoughts, lyrically, because the track was taking form?
The hook got here to me first. I used to be below a time strain. They wanted the demo, or not less than a piece tape, inside days. I used to be requested by the writer-director [Jake Helgren], who discovered me on Instagram and despatched me a message to inform me he preferred my music and preferred my voice. After which I made the pitch and was like, “For those who ever have a film that requires an inescapable Southern drawl, let me know as a result of I’d love a shot.” And he mentioned, “I don’t have something like that within the works, however would you be keen on pitching for this film?”
He informed me it must sound like Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine,” and it additionally must be the texture of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” (laughs) One in all my favourite songs of all time, and one which I like to sing, is “Maintain Your Arms to Your self.” I felt like that was shut sufficient on this planet of these two songs that I may let it’s my information.
And for some purpose, I had the considered Joe Cocker’s “You Can Depart Your Hat On,” and the road from George Strait’s “All My Ex’s Reside in Texas” – “that’s why I cling my hat in Tennessee.” I don’t know why God gave me these two Christmas items as a thought, however I mixed them into “You Can Cling Your Hat on My Christmas Tree.” And I simply thought, “Effectively, hell, that’s suggestive. It’s catchy. Now what are you going to do?” So, I wrote backwards from that. …
It actually did write itself. I assumed concerning the hook, and the refrain I wrote the identical day I considered it. I sang that for a day, and the subsequent night I’d write a line and chuckle my face off. Then I’d write one other line and assume, “There isn’t any approach in hell I’m going to ship this in, they usually’ll settle for it.” However I turned it in they usually liked it! They even choreographed to the scene with the work tape. I don’t know that it all the time occurs that approach for everybody, but it surely occurred that approach for me.
This movie has an LGBTQ storyline, which is uncommon for Christmas motion pictures. For you personally, why is it essential so that you can be a part of the movie?
Effectively, let’s lower to the realness of it. Once you’re a newly signed artist, something that you would be able to seize onto that’s going to push the ball ahead is a large win. And one thing like this, to be the car to provide you one thing to speak about and to jot down about, you simply couldn’t ask for something higher than that. I by no means anticipated attending to be part of a Christmas track that was going to have radio promotion and it’s going to play on the massive screens in Instances Sq.. I really feel like I’m dwelling by means of my very own Christmas film proper now.
At any time when he (Helgren) informed me there was going to be this first-of-its-kind Christmas storyline that centered round two guys, I used to be actually proud to be hooked up to that undertaking, in a approach that was so authentically me. I didn’t get to be within the film, however it is a track that I wrote on my own. I’ve a track out known as “Crimes,” and it’s extra concerning the battle and being crushed down on a regular basis, socially, and we maintain getting up and transferring ahead. However this will get to be simply concerning the celebration of an harmless second in time, being interested in any person and rolling the cube and hoping that they such as you again. That’s a common feeling, and one which we will all relate to.
Greater than something, I really feel prefer it’s my job to characterize the “all-ness” of myself as an extension of the LGBT group. I’ve by no means felt the necessity to wave a giant flag in your face and say, “Settle for me! Settle for me!” What I’d relatively say is, “I’m no totally different than you.” I grew up the identical approach you probably did, and I understand how to shoot a squirrel out of the highest of a tree, and I may pores and skin it if I needed to, however that’s not likely what I need to be doing with my day!
So, I simply really feel prefer it’s good to have a healthful, enjoyable, Christmas vacation rom-com. And I’m hoping that this track is what they name an evergreen Christmas track, in that it lives past the film and will get to be a part of that nice playlist that all of us love yearly.