Nashville meets Los Angeles in Denny Strickland’s latest captivating video for “California Dreamin’.” The tried and true country artist seamlessly pairs his love for the West Coast with his Arkansas roots to curate a perfect visual for the current radio hit.
Shot entirely in California, the video features iconic venues and an elusive dream girl. Post performance in LA, Strickland locks his eyes on a gorgeous girl, but there’s one catch…he can’t tell if she’s real or just a figment of his memory. The track comes off of Strickland’s first LP of the same name, and the single curates the theme for the entire album. “California Dreamin’” is one of those songs that paints a picture of a real place and a real feeling, explains Denny about the new tune.
Raised in Arkansas with family on the West Coast, Strickland was a competitive horse rider in his youth, where he learned the discipline and self-assurance of performing in front of crowds. It was at one such equestrian event that he met Johnny Cash’s longtime bassist Marshall Grant, who took him under his wing after listening to a demo and indulged Strickland’s interest in everything from classic country to Black Eyed Peas.
While Grant passed away in 2011, Strickland, who had released a handful of singles over the years, joined forces with Big & Rich producer Sean Giovanni for his first LP, California Dreamin’, released in August. Now based in Nashville, he writes party-friendly anthems and doesn’t try to hide his affinity for Lana del Rey and Timbaland on songs that bear heavy pop and electronic influences.