Over the years, Portsmouth has produced several artists that have made waves in the music industry. Jacob Tolliver and Rick Ferrell are no exceptions, and this past week with the help of the Invica film crew, they used their hometown to collaborate and shoot a couple music videos to promote music in the town.
Last month, Ferrell dropped a new album and single named “Home for the Weekend.” He couldn’t think of a better place to shoot the music video for his single.
“In the album I just put out, I did a lot of reflecting,” Ferrell said. “Some of these songs look at where I’m from, how I grew up, and what my influences are. So, it’s a no-brainer for me to come to Portsmouth to do (the video).”
The film crew from Pennsylvania also shot a part of a show that Ferrell has been working on.
“We were also filming a music/fishing show called Tom and Huck’s Music and Fishing Adventures,” Ferrell said. “Kind of like a reality show with music and fishing. We live streamed an acoustic show at Patties and Pints, which is where I ran into Jacob.”
While Ferrell was shooting some of the video at Patties and Pints, Jacob Tolliver came to the show. An impromptu run in with an old friend on the film crew led Tolliver to get in on the filming fun.
“This was a completely random thing,” Tolliver said. “I just showed up. I had gotten in that day and knew he was doing a show there. I came in the last 15 minutes of the show, and recognized one of the film crew guys named Todd. He told me they were going to be in town for the next four days if we wanted to shoot anything. It got me thinking that there was a music video I’ve wanted to do for the past couple of years, but it had never worked out.Every time I’ve had a show in town, Mark Harris at Market Street Hardware is kind enough to let me use one of his pianos. We’ll load the piano up in the back of his truck and I’ll sit in the back playing it while we drive where we need to go. We’ve tried to record it the last couple of years, but the piano always over powers my vocal and you can’t hear, so we never got a good video.
“Todd from the video crew said we could get mic’d up and get professional video. So now we had a plan and it wasn’t just last second with our phones. We put the piano in the bed of the truck, Rick on top of the truck with his foot on the piano playing guitar, and Todd from the film crew knew how to play bass, so he’s in the back of the truck with the tailgate open playing a bass we made out of a washtub from Market Street Hardware. We made a loop over by the murals, and created the video.”
Ferrell and Tolliver are both passionate about the good things that are happening in Portsmouth. In the music video, they both wore shirts inspired by local themes from 3rd and Court Apparel.
“We’ve been working with Patties and Pints and some of the businesses that are doing well in the Second Street area,” Ferrell said. “I guess you could say that they’re moving some young blood in. They’re pretty determined to change the landscape around here. Music has a rich heritage here, so I figure why not take what we have and bring back some charm of what is here. That’s why we brought the film crew in for a week. The film crew is also determined to help. We’re getting a pretty good team working together to bring a focus here, and maybe it’ll make this into the new music town of the north.”
“There really is a whole new positivity here,” Tolliver added. “Even since I left for Vegas four years ago. Coming back, you see businesses coming in and a better energy all around.”
Tolliver proves that no matter where he goes, he still has a place to call home.
“I think at the end of the day we both love our hometowns, and that’s why we wanted to do it,” Tolliver said. “The town has given so much to me, as far as supporting me, so I love coming back and doing something fun. I do see the positivity in the town. I love the community. I still live here. This is still home.”
The music video should be ready to debut sometime next month. The film crew can be found at www.Invica.net. To follow and support these local artists, find them on their social media platforms @jacobtolliver and @rickferrellmusic.