With a dash of acoustic, a hint of piano, a twist of country twang, and a Broadway star in the making on lead vocals, Jay Armstrong Johnson’s new music video is one that can’t be missed!
As a part of the new music video series screening on Playbill called “Hot Off the Ivories,” Armstrong has taken on a tune entitled “Town Goes Boom.” The catchy, up-tempo song was inspired by the recent oil boom in North Dakota. It was penned by songwriting duo Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen.
The video features Matt Hinkley on guitar and Miller on piano. Armstrong shows off his range and ability to tell a story through music.
The song is about a young man who has left everything behind to move from his home in Minnesota to North Dakota in search for wealth and oil. He is completely alone in this journey, but continues to persevere. By the end of the song, a substantial amount of time has passed, and he explains that he is saving up money to bring his family to North Dakota with him.
With this simple yet beautiful melody and foot-tapping beat, Armstrong soars to new heights. A bit of that spot-on Southern accent he used in Hands on a Hardbody came out, and as always, his natural stage presence did as well.