High Class

Album: single release only (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • Co-penned by Eric Paslay with Corey Crowder and Jesse Frasure, this uptempo, beat-driven song was released as the lead single from the singer's second LP. "High Class is a song for everyone," Paslay said. It's about seizing the moment, putting your worries aside and enjoying a night out as if you have no cares in the world."
  • Eric Paslay gives a shout-out to pop star Justin Timberlake when he sings, "I heard he taught Timberlake." He explained: "I didn't teach Timberlake anything. Dear Lord. But it's a fun little shout out to him because he's got the moves and he's a country boy and he's from Memphis, and it's cool that he's hanging around Nashville a lot more and believes in country artists the way he is."

    "It's just funny, 'Point out the DJ. He knows what to play. All the girls out on the dance floor be like. Heard he taught Timberlake. [laughs] Because I'm smooth when I move.' Anyway, it's just a fun, fun little shout out and everybody gets it, I think."
  • Eric Paslay details here the type of boots that he wears:

    Keepin' my shades on inside
    All dressed in black
    Escalade these Luccheses
    Yeah baby Cattle up this 'lac'


    Paslay has been wearing Lucchese boots for many years. "I always wear Lucchese boots. I'm from Texas, and they're made in El Paso, and I love the craftsmanship of 'em and how they're made, and how people have worn boots forever," he said. "And you can re-sole them and reuse them as long as you don't tear 'em up too much on the uppers."

    The Lucchese Boot Company was founded by Salvatore Lucchese, who arrived in the US from Palermo, Italy, in 1882. Their first big customer was the United States Army stationed in Fort Sam Houston. In time, Lucchese became the best known name in cowboy boots. Bing Crosby and John Wayne wore them and in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson admitted to frequently having a pair on his feet.
  • The song is about treating yourself - even when people might question it. "I wrote it with Corey Crowder and Jesse Frasure, and Corey had the title. He said, 'Everybody deserves to be that every once in a while,' regardless of what they guy at the door thinks you're worth if," Paslay explained to Billboard magazine. "I tend to be all deep behind songs, but it's just a fun song."

    "If you're smart about it, you can take a credit card, and spend a grand on you and your baby, drink things and eat things that are way overpriced, and feel like a king and queen," he added. "You just can't do it every night (laughs)."
  • The song's music video was directed by Wes Edwards, who also shot two of Paslay's previous clips, "Song About A Girl" and "She Don't Love You."

    Filmed in a few of Nashville's downtown hot spots, the video was shot to mimic the Copacabana club scene sequence from the 1990 Goodfellas movie where multiple single takes were stitched together to create one seamless scene.

    Paslay's high class friends Charles Kelley, Kristian Bush and Maddie & Tae all have cameos in the clip. Also featured are Paslay's brother John Paul, wife Natalie and several talented dancers.

    Paslay told Radio.com: "That's the first type of video that I've made like that where you had to nail every second and every movement of throwing keys and pulling out a credit card with a hundred dollar bill behind it. It was just a lot of fun."

    "We didn't rehearse it at all. I showed up, and it was like, 'How 'bout if I throw my keys on valet and go, 'Credit on my cards, money in the bank?' So that was me kinda adding some difficulty to making the video. But I think that first shot probably took about five or six times."

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