by Paul Bowers
We've been saying it for years now: North Charleston's Navy Yard is the perfect location to shoot a music video ... or a zombie movie, or a movie about a war-torn Eastern Bloc city. A few musicians have filmed there before, but never with as much style as local singer-songwriter Tyler Boone.
Boone's music video for the song "Home," directed by John Barnhardt of Barnfly Productions, takes place largely in and around buildings at the former military facility. Boone, guitarist Dan Rainey, drummer Arthur Young "IV," vocalist Emily Everett, and bass guitarist John Fletcher perform the song among picturesque scenes of industrial decay.
Barnhardt lives in nearby Park Circle and also chose to shoot the bar scenes in the video at The Mill, a longstanding neighborhood bar and music venue.
The song, off of Boone's most recent album Changing Pace (October 2012, King City Records), really is about missing home. Boone wrote it shortly after leaving Charleston to study at the University of South Carolina, and when he came back to town, he shared it with Hootie and the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan. "I showed him the song, and he said, 'All I can really say is change that chorus; it's not very strong,'" Boone recalls. "So I went home that night, I heard a melody on the radio, and I remember I had my water bill envelope, and before I got out of the car, I wrote the whole chorus right there. And we went in the studio the next day, and it worked."
Boone's next local gig will be April 6 at the Cooper River Bridge Run, where he and the band will perform at the finish line.