Today, Americana band The High Plains Drifters have premiered the music video for their debut single “Virginia,” a classic rock track about longing to reignite the spark with an old flame. CLICK HERE to watch. Check out the first look on Stage Right Secrets. The colorful music video for “Virginia” is directed by Gabriel Barreto and stars Victor Verhaeghe (Bridge Of Spies, Peel, The Americans, The Night Of). Verhaeghe plays a distraught pastor looking for his “Virginia,” the girl that got away.
Currently charting at numerous radio stations, the band’s just-released, self-titled debut album is produced by Greg Cohen (Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and more) and Charles Czarnecki (asst. musical director for the Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS). The album conceptualizes a listening experience of a sonic road trip across the country, where your radio station of choice automatically tunes into different musical genres as you travel. As they propel the listener through various genres (pop-punk, mainstream rock, ballads and more), one thing is certain: The High Plain Drifters offer a cohesive body of “feel good” rock-n-roll. The front man is Larry Studnicky (songwriter, lead & backup vocals), the lawyer who, at the turn of the millennium, structured and closed the landmark label and publisher deals that ushered in the world of digital interactive radio (enjoyed today by listeners of Pandora, Spotifiy, etc.).
“I’m stoked to release the official video of ‘Virginia,’ which is a song about the road not taken. This single dates back to my experiences as a young, single guy in Manhattan. My buddies and I would sometimes be lucky enough to meet a fantastic girl, but then we’d manage to screw it up, leaving us wondering ‘what if'”, says Studnicky. “The music video for ‘Virginia’ tells the story of a preacher in NYC (played by Victor Verhaeghe of Boardwalk Empire and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) who’s desperately searching for a lost love, wishing (as we all do) that he could turn back the hands of time.”
The band also features Charles Czarnecki (producer/songwriter, keyboards, lead & backup vocals), John Macom (rhythm & electric guitars, lead & backup vocals) and Mike DoCampo (rhythm & electric guitars, backup vocals), all of whom are lifelong friends that created the group purely to bring happiness to the ears of every listener. Before coming together as The High Plains Drifters, the group’s members have worked alongside an array of legendary acts and artists including Pete Townsend, Brian May & Roger Taylor of Queen, Suge Knight of Death Row Records, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. John Macom’s music has been showcased in indie movies and TV shows, including Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, and Felicity.