Elle King and Dierks Bentley debuted the music video for their latest collaboration, “Worth A Shot” on Wednesday (May 18).
King developed the concept for the music video, which stars her and Bentley as a husband and wife duo in the late 1880’s Wild West. The music video features a variety of Western elements including a card game turned saloon fight complete with guns, liquor, wanted posters, and a nosy sheriff who’s on the case.
The video was shot on location in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in collaboration with directors Stephen Kinigopoulos and Alexa Stone (Running Bear Films).
In addition, the video features a special appearance from King’s fiance, tattoo artist Dan Tooker and their son Lucky.
King and Bentley dropped their new song, “Worth A Shot” last Friday (May 13), stopping by Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music to discuss how the collaboration came to be.
The pair revealed that two of Nashville’s biggest wordsmiths, Ross Copperman and Shane McAnally wrote the song and that Bentley had previously cut “Worth A Shot” before turning the song over to King. King said she was in the studio working with Copperman when she suggested having Bentley sing on the track.
“Ross Copperman and I were in the studio for two days,” King shared. “And we must have cut maybe six or seven songs, just trying to figure this thing out. And at the end of the day, it’s really a true testament to how absolutely incredible all of these musicians are, that are studio musicians and session players in Nashville, and these just monster players… And so we’re like, ‘Well, let’s just try it. Let’s just try it.’ And so we messed around with the key a little bit. And he played it for me and I was like, ‘Oh, what? I don’t know if I could pull off a song like this,'” she said.
“And we laughed, and we’re like, ‘Well, what if Dierks sang on it?’ And it’s interesting how it is a full circle, because Dierks is the one who really extended his hand and took a chance on me with ‘Different for Girls.’ And once I saw the shiny rhinestones of country music, I was like, ‘I’m in it. I want in it,'” she explained.
Prior to releasing “Worth A Shot,” King and Bentley debuted their collaboration together at Nashville’s “Mother Church,” the Ryman Auditorium.
King and Bentley previously collaborated together on their Grammy-nominated, CMA-winning, No. 1 song, “Different For Girls.”
King also recently claimed the honor of reaching the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts with her Miranda Lambert collaboration “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” The song is the first woman-to-woman collaboration to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart since Reba and Linda Davis’ 1993 collaboration, “Does He Love You.”
Fresh off her Drunk And I Don’t Wanna Go Home headling tour, King is preparing to hit the road with Chris Stapleton. She is also working on her first country album, she shared during her and Bentley’s conversation with Bannen.
Meanwhile, Bentley is preparing to hit the road as well. Bentley will launch his Beers On Me tour featuring support from Ashley McBryde and Travis Denning on Jun. 3.