• Better Than Staying (Official)

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    Shot in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and in Tennessee, Rebecca Frazier’s ‘Better than Staying’ video evokes old-time imagery to convey a story of family restlessness and motherhood. Videographer Alison Goedde captures the spirit of Frazier’s original song with natural lighting , brilliant scenery, and a host of supporting actors, highlighting the joys and sorrows of the song’s emotional message.

    The idea for this song came to me as I was strolling my restless toddler son through Shelby Park in East Nashville. I brought the verses and melody to John Frazier, who quickly polished the lyrics and had the beautiful idea to begin with one simple chord and change the chords with more complex re-harmonizations as the song progresses.

    I’ve cherished this song, because of the way it carries a simple old-time melody throughout a circle-of-life theme. Now that I’m a mother, I have the perspective to understand the restlessness around me—everyone leaves mother throughout her life. And, of course, mother will leave, too.

    For more information about Rebecca Frazier and her album ‘When We Fall,’ visit www.rebeccafrazier.com.

    Better Than Staying—AUDIO TRACK
    Written by Rebecca & John Frazier
    Co-Produced by Brent Truitt and Rebecca Frazier

    Guitar & Vocal-Rebecca Frazier
    Banjo-Scott Vestal
    Mandolin-John Frazier
    Fiddle-Shad Cobb
    Bass-Barry Bales
    Background Vocal-Shelby Means

    Recorded at the Cave by Brent Truitt
    Mastered by Bill Wolf

    Better than Staying—VIDEO CREDITS
    Video by: Gravel Road Picture Show gravelroadpictureshow.com Director: Alison Goedde

    Actors (in order of appearance)
    Mother—Rebecca Frazier
    Daughter—Cora Frazier
    Sister-in-past—Katie Madole
    Brother—Isaac Eicher
    Husband—Jesse Wells
    Verse 5 mother (hands)—Norma Lowe
    Verse 5 daughter (hands)—Cass Hickman

    It took a village of beautiful, generous people to create this 3 minute video. I’d like to thank the following:

    -Thanks to the beautiful actors for their time, care, and talent

    -Thanks Stuart Moffett and Julian & Ellen Moffett for hosting us at Annandale Farm
    -Thanks Jimmie Garrison/Dave & Shari Moore for hosting us at Percy Priest

    Props & Costume:
    -Thanks to Ann Waddey for the antique child’s dress
    -Thanks to Cori Anne Laemmel for the antique dress (sister)
    -Thanks to Dixie Hoggan for the antique photo albums
    -Thanks to Bill Widhelm for the vintage banjolin
    -Thanks to Micha Kling Vintage for the suitcases, gloves, and antique props (Gaslamp Too Antique Mall, Booth T195)

    -Thanks to Jaiya Windell for Katie’s makeup
    -Thanks to Cassie O’Sullivan for eyelashes

    -Thanks to Norma Lowe for helping with the children on location in Tennessee
    -Thanks to Dixie & Cam Hoggan for helping and feeding us on location in Virginia
    -Thanks to Janine LeClair, Julie & John Pennell, Ashleigh Caudill, Micha Kling & Julia Arnold for their time and feedback during the editing process Show less
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    Rebecca Frazier achieved notoriety in the music world as the first woman ever to appear on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and is widely known for her work with award-winning Colorado-based bluegrass outfit, Hit & Run. This successful touring act out of Colorado, which graced stages of prestigious festivals and venues in 42 states and Canada, eventually migrated to Nashville in 2007 with two studio albums under their belts. In 2010, after facing the loss of her second son, Frazier turned inwards to her writing and composing. The result is her May 28 Compass Records release, When We Fall, which has debuted on Folk DJ, Americana, and Bluegrass Radio charts, and a reconfiguration of her band, now called Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run.
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