R Michael Rhodes and 7&CO Productions Hit the Mountains for "The Only Song" Music Video Shoot

By: Jura Daubenspeck

R Michael Rhodes is a Colorado singer/songwriter who firmly believes "it’s never too late to be what you might have been", a sentiment originally from poet Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot. Rhodes grew up in rural Wyoming and North Dakota, where he was surrounded by a tight-knit community who was supportive of his musical talent. This talent, along with his innate ability to learn music by ear, has carried on with him well throughout the years. Now in Littleton, CO, Michael spends his time writing, rehearsing with his guitar, coaching youth wrestling, and engaging with his church community.

R Michael Rhodes.

R Michael Rhodes.

His sound is a medley of Americana and Nashville country/rock, tipping its hat to artists such as James Taylor, John Denver, The Eagles, and Garth Brooks. The nostalgic and relatable quality of his music makes it difficult not to reflect upon your own experiences, while still holding onto that "easy listening" feel.

Two weeks ago, Michael and 7&CO Productions, a team comprised up of Thomas Jaeger, Wes Manethy, Gabriel Cox, Bryan Harrold, and Ali Abo-Adas, traveled to a family friend’s hunting and fishing cabin just northwest of Fairplay, CO to film a music video for Rhodes’ new track, "The Only Song”. The rustic cabin was built in the 1970’s and sits at a breathtaking 10,000 ft. overlooking a picturesque mountain valley and a vast bare forest. The 7&CO production crew came prepared with a solid storyboard, and collaborated with Michael to create the finished product.

"The Only Song" is one of the tracks which will be featured on Rhodes’ upcoming EP After All These Years. It tells the story of a man, played by Michael, and a woman, played by actress Laura Lee. The two lovers are torn apart by various circumstances, and the cabin serves as the secure base for their thoughts about the other to roam, despite their obstacles. It is a story of heartache, longing, and grand romantic gestures.

The music video, along with the After All These Years EP, is set to be released early this summer. Be on the lookout for it, as it will be Michael’s first full-production music video. Michael has been working hard in the studio, so stay tuned for his upcoming announcements and releases on his website.

-Jura

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