Last fall, Laci Kaye Booth stepped into a new chapter when she dropped her first release since parting ways from her record label, Big Machine Label Group (BMLG). Her song, “Damn Good in a Dive Bar,” initially gained attention through teasers on social media and now that it’s officially been out in the world for several months, the country star has decided to unveil an accompanying lyric video.
Written by Booth, Melissa Peirce, and Ben West and produced by Ben West, “Damn Good in a Dive Bar” showcases her new-found confidence through her intoxicating harmonies and authentic lyrics that romanticize the charm of a local dive bar.
Her new lyric video reflects this same structure as it features scrapbook-like images that match the stunning words accordingly. Viewers catch an array of classic dive bar elements, including the karaoke mic, pool table, worn in barstools, beer bottles and more, that dance around the screen with a charming blue, pink and red color scheme.
“‘Damn Good in a Dive Bar’ has a light smooth tone to it. When listening to the song it evokes colors in a soft, neutral palette. When we were looking to create a lyric video for the record, we wanted to encapsulate that mood,” Booth told Country Now. “We also loved the idea of playing around with a paper doll cut-out style. We used one of the main photos for the campaign as the starting point and created the video from there. I just love how it turned out and I hope y’all do, too.”
Booth was inspired to write this heartfelt tune after a conversation with her ex-boyfriend as they prepared for a night out.
“I was getting ready, and he asked me, ‘where do you wanna go?’ And I said, ‘you know where I wanna go, the local dive bar.’ And he was like, ‘why do you always wanna go to a dive bar?’ I jokingly said, ‘I look damn good in the dive bar,’” she previously shared. “As soon as I said it, I was like, ‘that’s a really cool song idea.’ So I wrote it down in my notes and then when I got in my Zoom write, I think a couple days later, I pitched it to my co-writers and they were. ‘Oh my gosh, yes.’”
The East Texas native clearly paints the picture of this dive bar that allows her to shine through her bright personality. Throughout the song, She even name drops some regular characters that she comes across every time she steps foot inside. These clever noties give fans a real understanding of what this environment is like and why she loves it so much.
“I really have a bartender named Brittany that knows that I like a pickle juice and vodka. She doesn’t even ask me what I want. I just walk in there and she does it for me,” she shared. “And there’s a guy named Dave that does karaoke and it’s just all really, really true. Which is so funny, but I wanted more than anything to make it like an anthem ’cause you know, Shania Twain has those kind of anthems and I wanted to do my own version of that.”
This song is just the first glimpse into what the American Idol alum has planned for the year, which she considers to be an opportunity for reintroduction into her as an artist.
In 2022, Laci Kaye Booth served as support for Blanco Brown’s headlining tour as well as a few dates on Idol’s Noah Thompson and HunterGirl’s co-headlining tour. She has yet to announce any upcoming tours for the new year.