Chillicothe is getting attention in the music world with the video release of Radio Romance's “Sounds of a Quiet Town.”
Chillicothe is getting attention in the music world with the video release of Radio Romance’s “Sounds of a Quiet Town.” The song was recorded last year and it is the title track of Radio Romance’s new EP that came out today (Friday) on Spotify, a music and video streaming service. The video was filmed by Dylan Rucker, a 2014 Tina-Avalon High School graduate who has been doing visual content for country music artists for about a year. He met Radio Romance through a mutual friend. Rucker told the Constitution-Tribune on Thursday that when the band’s manager sent him the song, he immediately thought of Chillicothe. “Growing up near Tina, Chillicothe has always been a place that my family and friends call “town,’” Rucker said. The song opens with lyrics reflective of small-town childhood memories... “Screen door slammin’ ... runnin’ like bandits, leapin’ two steps high off the front porch; gravel flying, spinnin’ Mongoose tires, racin’ for first to the Amoco; I can hear rebel kids, livin’ loud, through the sounds of a quiet town.” The lyrics then take the listener into a youth’s teen years and beyond, indicating an exodus from the small town.. “car doors slammin’, small town fading with the static of the radio waves... and getting out of the sounds of a quiet town.” Despite miles away, memories of the small town remain near: “It’s family, it’s glory days. It’s miles and miles of remembering that are the loudest sounds that resonate with me now.” The song lyrics go on to convey the message of rushing home because of a family emergency. “Cell phone ringin’, angels singin’, speeding 90 down the interstate... Now momma’s prayers near the willow trees is all that’s left to be found; through the sounds of a quiet town.” The video and lyrics of the song describes the personal stories of everyone in Radio Romance, according to Sam Hayes, who provides lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar. The band’s four members all had small-town beginnings. Hayes is from Yorktown, Va. (population 195); Joshua Gramling (guitar and harmony singer) is from Mineral, Va. (population 492); Moises Padilla (drummer), is from Nokomis, Ill. (population 2,156), and Adam Smithwick (bass and harmony singer) is from Vernon, Texas (population 10,582). Hayes said that the band was looking for a slower song, reminiscent of their own small towns. “Being a kid and racing your bike around, living outside and playing,” Hayes said. The band worked on the lyrics at Sony/ATV, a music publishing company, Hayes told the C-T Thursday morning while en route to a concert in Louisiana Thursday night. The lyrics, “It’s family, it’s glory days, miles and miles of remembering that are the loudest sounds that resonate with me now,” is the message the band wants to emphasize. “You start realizing that even though it’s a big world you still get drawn back into the hometown, the family and friends that resonate with you,” Hayes said. “You don’t get to experience that out in the big world.” Hayes said Rucker’s video complements the song’s message. “Dylan really drove that home using Chillicothe,” he said. “He sent us footage of the area and it made us all reminisce about where we were from. We fell it love with it.” The video includes scenes of the Chillicothe water tower, Chillicothe City Hall, Anderson’s TBA, and Highway 65 traveling north into the downtown area. (The football scene used in the video is footage that was acquired through a free stock footage source). Individuals included in the video are Zach Grossman, Trent Grossman, Lexie Yung, Sammy Weiss, Rachel Birk, Daniel Luckett, Autumn Esher, Jennifer Finley and Lee Rucker. The farm scene in the video was filmed at Ronnie Germann’s farm, located northwest of Bogard. “The big goal on my end was to create a visual that really connects the words to the audience,” Rucker told the C-T. “I knew when I listened to the song that it reminded me of home. That was what I knew I wanted to achieve with the visuals... something that takes every viewer ‘home.’” Rucker is the son of Marty and Susan Rucker, who reside near Coloma, in Carroll County. Rucker works regularly with about a dozen Nashville-based artists and does most or all of their visual content on their social media platforms. Rucker currently attends the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he is studying horticulture and landscape design. He told the C-T that he plans to continue his film production business following graduation in May and moving to Nashville. Other songs coming out on Radio Romance’s EP today are “Killing It”, “What’s It Gonna Be”, and “How Do You Go?” Radio Romance hasn’t played in Missouri; however, Hayes said he’d like to “check it off the list,” and said Chillicothe could even be a future concert venue. The band has a booked schedule through the end of the year.