Los Angeles, New York and Nashville may now have to tip their hats to another city recently added to the long list of popular music-making locations.
Music video-making locations, that is.
Cast and crew from the music video “Harley Man,” written and performed by Pennsylvania-based country singer Raina Bauman, recently breezed into Bonner Springs to shoot part of the video at the Lake Stop gas station, about two miles west of town on Kansas Highway 32.
Much of the storyline for the video centers on the goings-on at a gasoline station. While scouting locations, producer Valerie Anderson suggested Bonner Springs. The Lake Stop was exactly what she was looking for.
“We had bright blue sky and we had green fields,” said Anderson, who works with the production company Outpost Worldwide in Lenexa. “It really looked great and everyone we encountered was great.”
Dallas Henry, the director and writer of the treatment for the video, runs a production company in Los Angeles called Wheatfield Productions. He is the director of other music videos, including the Barenaked Ladies’ “Wind It Up,” a highly successful video on YouTube, and Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester,” a video that rose to the top 20 Country Music Television videos of the year in 2008.
“I work with Nashville artists,” said Henry, who originally is from Wichita. “But if I can talk the artist into shooting in Kansas, I shoot ’em in Kansas. Because of the scenery.”
The storyline, which involves a dream sequence where Bauman sees a number of men while stopping at a gas station but eventually sets her sights on a handsome Harley-Davidson-riding man, called for more than 100 motorcycles to be used during the 14-hour shoot.
Gail’s Harley-Davidson, in Grandview, Mo., supplied the bikes and organized riders. And Eric Myers, a store salesman, actually ended up in the video — playing the part of the Harley rider that Bauman eventually leaves with.
“It’s a great, awesome dealership,” Bauman said. “(Myers) was right out of typecasting, I couldn’t have dreamed this guy up. When I saw this guy, I was like ‘Wow.’”
This was the first music video shoot for Bauman, who soon will release her first 10-song record, also titled “Harley Man.”
Henry said he would return to Bonner Springs to shoot.
“It went really well,” Henry said. “I mean, I’ve been doing this for a while … but I thought it went really smoothly.”