The square in Seymour was busy last week as country music artist Zach Bryan’s film crew set up to get some shots of southern Webster County for an upcoming music video.
“As most people have noticed, there was a lot of activity on the square today,” the City of Seymour said in a Facebook post Friday afternoon. “They chose Seymour based on our small town appearance. We were very excited to receive this information earlier this week.”
Though Bryan wasn’t in attendance for the filming, his team shared that the footage would be used in a music video for “Sarah’s Place,” a single recently recorded by Zach Bryan and Noah Kahan. The song is part of Bryan's surprise EP Boys of Faith and was released on streaming services on Sept. 21.
"Sarah's Place" has been streamed more than 23 million times on Spotify alone as of article print date. It's described as an up-tempo, folk-leaning ballad about losing a lover and effortlessly blending the poignant sounds of Bryan and Kahan through a trade-off of verses about the feelings that follow someone’s absence while still looking to better their futures without them.
Bryan shot to fame quickly once he began uploading YouTube videos of his music in 2017, while active in the U.S. Navy. By 2019, his single “Heading South” had gone viral and paved the way for his debut album DeAnn, dedicated to his late mother. Bryan was an active-duty member of the Navy for seven years, developing his craft for songwriting in his spare time. In 2021, he announced his honorable discharge and officially left the Navy to focus on his music.
After releasing his self-titled album in August, Zach Bryan spent two weeks at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart and collected his first Number One single on the Hot 100 with "I Remember Everything," a duet with Kacey Musgraves.
Kahan has been steadily packing venues as fans feign for the folky sound of his music. The Vermont native began writing songs at age 8, and signed to his first record label in 2016. At age 22, he released his debut album Busyhead in 2019. Since then, he has released two more albums including Stick Season, which became an instant fixture in folk music and allowed Kahan’s lyrics to reach a global audience.
With over two billion streams across Kahan’s three studio albums, and nearly five billion streams for Bryan's four, the collaboration was well-anticipated by country music and folk fans alike. The City of Seymour and citizens of surrounding communities shared their excitement over the film crew’s choice of location in the comments on Facebook.
It’s safe to say all of Webster County eagerly awaits the music video for “Sarah’s Place,” featuring our own little corner of Small Town USA.
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