American Idol season 19 alum Alex Miller’s first official music video, “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya,” is out. Shot in Alex’s hometown of Lancaster, Kentucky and at his grandfather GB Miller’s farm, the clip features several members of the Miller family, friendly locals and super-model/KY basketball TV and radio host Maria Montgomery.
Cinematographer Steve Kinney made the most of the “country boy vs. city girl” concept, capturing the differences in the characters while also portraying the dichotomy between the beauty of the farm and the realities of rural life.
The video opens with Maria tapping her toes and waiting on Alex to pick her up. After a brief truck ride, the “new gal” arrives at the farm, and is immediately put to work helping ready things for that night’s barn dance. She tussles with too-heavy buckets and awkward pallets – all while navigating in high-heeled sandals.
A Southern meal of fried chicken with all the fixings sends Maria’s character running for the outhouse – where she is forced to fight a sticky door and Alex’s maternal Grandpa Lee Christopher – for relief. “That took seven or eight takes,” Alex notes. “Maria couldn’t quit laughing, but my granddad took it all in stride.”
Eventually, it is “peace out” for the model as she escapes back to the big city in Alex’s pickup.
“Well, the performance looks really natural thanks to Steve,” Alex recalls about filming the performance footage that is interspersed with the role play. “But my dad and I both fell setting things up and we got banged around pretty good. You’d think the city girl would take the tumble, but oh no … for a farm boy whose first word was ‘tractor,’ I guess I’m pretty clumsy.”
The classic western swing tune, “Don’t Let the Barn Door Hit Ya” was released October 1 on Billy Jam Records and is available everywhere.
Since departing Idol, Alex has performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, five state Fairs (KY, MO, NY, WA, WI) and at additional shows around the country. He has headlined as well as opened shows for Hank Williams, Jr., Josh Turner, Lee Brice, and more.
Alex was Texas Roadhouse’s Artist of the Month in October and recently performed with Rhonda Vincent at the Lee Greenwood All-Star Salute. Miller signed with Billy Jam Records in September and his first album is due for release in early 2022.