By Brian Ives
Randy Houser may have a career in acting, judging by his current video “We Went.” The video sees him, and a female co-star, playing a Robin Hood-type duo who enjoy blowing stuff up and having a good time.
Houser says the directors of the video, Dustin Rikert and William Shockley, previously cast him in a film, 2012’s Ambush at Dark Canyon. They also directed his “Like a Cowboy” video, and “We Went” is their latest collaboration.
“They came up with a concept; the lyric kind of led us there fairly easily. We shot the video out in Tucson, Arizona. The whole sheriff’s department in Cochise Country came out and did the chase scenes with us, and it was really cool. So we got a lot of things done for a small budget, it was cool.”
Of the song, Houser says: “One of the writers of the song, Justin Wilson, had played it for our record label president, Benny Brown. I think Benny immediately heard it for me. And they sent it to me, and I loved it. I thought it was something that was, for me, very unique and not quite as traditional as I normally would’ve gone. So it was one of those songs that kind of struck a chord with me, and it seemed like it would be fun for our live performances. I knew it’d make a great video.”
So with three collaborations with Dustin Rikert and William Shockley under his belt, is there more acting in Houser’s future? “I don’t know. I guess if it was the right thing came along and I felt comfortable [with the role]. Basically, I’d just have to play me, with a different name. Obviously, I can do one accent, and that’s this one. I couldn’t be all that diverse, and I don’t know anything about acting. But if there’s a special situation where they want a guy that talks like this and looks like this, why the hell not?”
“We Went” is from Houser’s next album, “Fired Up,” which is due out March 11.