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Dan + Shay Take On Alcoholism in “How Not To” Video

While we find sentimental love stories as the popular theme of music videos, you’ll even find it as the backdrop to Dan + Shay‘s previous music video “From The Ground Up“, for a long time now there has been a group of daring artists that choose not to shy away from spotlighting controversial topics. As we look back Garth Brooks and Martina McBride (just to name a couple) decided to spotlight domestic violence in their videos for “The Thunder Rolls” and “Independence Day“. Just last year Chris Stapleton delivered the emotionally driven video “Fire Away” which shed light on the struggle of suicide, meanwhile even more recent Chris Young‘s “Sober Saturday Night” feat. Vince Gill delivered a powerful visual to the theme of alcoholism in his tune.

Last night, Dan + Shay proved they are definitely confident enough to be put in this category of artists. Releasing “How Not To” with their own interpretation of alcoholism woved throughout this project debuted at 8pm Monday night. With over 36K views it’s already proving to be a success with the duos fans.

Emotionally charged, expertly portrayed and beautifully captured- this video is definitely the next rung on the ladder of the duo’s rising success. I am thankful to artists like the ones mentioned above and the many more that weren’t that decide to continue to portray real life situations and struggles in the lyrics of their music and in the visuals of their music videos. While love songs, dance tunes and power anthems may be the more popular choice on the radio it’s these songs that continue to impress and relate to the country fans.

Kudos to Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney on this project! As the great Hank Williams once said:

(One of the wall’s outside the Country Music Hall of Fame displaying Hank Williams’ quote “You ask what makes our kind of music successful. I’ll tell you. It can be explained in just one word: sincerity.”)

Check the video out here and tell us what you think:


Sammy Boots
I am a country music loving asphalt cowgirl with a passion for helping kids with cancer. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I currently reside. Although I was born and raised in the city don’t let that fool you. If you run into me, there’s no doubt you will find me wearing one of my many pairs of cowboy boots! There’s really not a time I can recall as a child where I wasn’t jammin’ out to country on the radio with my mom and two sisters in the car. Country music has always been a strong part of my life; recalling when I was 5, I sat on Santa’s lap and all I asked for was an Alan Jackson CD. Who knew a year later I would attend my very first concert to see Mr. Jackson. When not submerged in country music, I am a professional photographer, social media junkie, and most importantly spend my time devoted to my involvement with children with cancer. My passion started when a family friend was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the tender age of 12. What began with putting together some material, making her a blanket and wanting to get involved, turned into making blankets through her organization for her friends and other kids at a local hospital. One day I picked up a crochet book and decided to add crochet hats to the packages. Pairing that decision with my passion to help eventually turned into my own organization, “Unraveled by Samantha Dawn”. Word started to spread about what I was doing and parents began contacting me to crochet hats and wigs for their own child suffering from cancer. From 2012 to 2016, I’ve crocheted almost 200 hats and wigs, and just added dolls in the last year that have shipped to kids all over the United States, England, Holland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Canada. I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of the kids and their families here in Orlando, in Nashville and along road trips to North Carolina. Jesus has blessed me with this opportunity and I am forever thankful for it. I look to Country Music for comfort, joy, and relaxation. It’s cool to be part of the very best fan base ever! I’m so lucky that my passion for these kids has effortlessly paired with my love for this genre and I hope one day to start a program to get these down to earth artists involved in more children’s hospitals around the US.
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