Locally shot music video sitting at No. 2 on CMT video countdown

August 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON — He is currently No. 2 on the CMT Music 12 Pack Countdown video chart, and Friday night Cledus T. Judd will see if his chicken-fried, gravy-laden parody video has what it takes to get to No. 1.

Last Friday, Judd’s new video, ”(Weight’s Going) Up Down, Up Down,” a parody of the Morgan Wallen/Florida Georgia Line hit, “Up Down,” made its debut on the CMT charts in the No. 2 slot.

The weekly countdown show airs this week at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

Judd directed the video that was shot and edited by a couple homegrown Tri-State ringers, Michael Valentine and Josh McComas, who own their own production companies.

“For the video to debut at No. 2, that is rare when you have so many acts you vote on,” Judd said. “This week we will find out if it goes any higher, but I am happy where it was. Anytime you get that kind of stuff, it just leads to dates and interest and work.”

Judd, who co-hosts the WTCR 103. 3-FM weekday morning show with Judy Eaton, is stoked to get back into the game after taking a couple of years off from touring after a solid 20 in the business chalking up 10 albums with a slew of hits and tours with such acts as Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain and Montgomery Gentry.

“I’m basically focusing on this now. The social part of it was something I had never been much on. I’ve always done Facebook, but now we’re doing Twitter and Instagram and all that, and now my socials have quadrupled,” Judd said Thursday morning in the studio. “My new YouTube channel went from zero to a few thousand.”

Judd, who has a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville, said it’s been fun to jump back into the recording game and that several Nashville folks, from his friend Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, to Uncle Kracker, have given him a shoutout since the video was released.

In addition to adding fall dates for an upcoming show with Amazon to Poage Landing Days and dates in Virginia as well as his hometown theater in Cartersville, Georgia, Judd’s recent splash of success has gotten the creative juices flowing again for “the Weird Al of country music.”

He’s reeled in “Meant to Be,” Florida Georgia Line’s massive cross-genre hit with pop star Bebe Rexha (the longest running No. 1 country song by a female artist) and gave it the Judd comedic twist and treatment into a road-trip song called “Got to Pee.” He wrote the song and got musical tracks from his longtime collaborators The Bis-get Boyz, out of Nashville, and recorded vocal tracks at Brian Hensley’s studio, with vocalist Julie Westlake knocking out Rexha’s parts.

“Boy, can she sing and do harmonies. She can do it all,” Judd said of Westlake.

For the video, Judd said he’s planning to stick with the team of Valentine and McComas, and like the first video will be featuring some family — this time his wife, Amanda Poole, who is a nurse by trade.

“Amanda is going to be in this video, which will be funny. She’s kind of an actress anyway, or wants to be,” Judd said.

“We are going to let ‘Up Down’ run its course, but the day it is over there will be another one that we will try and get in there,” Judd said. “All I do is get into the box and swing. Most of the time I strike out, but it sure gives you something to look forward to.”

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