Vocal powerhouse Danielle Bradbery is joined by Thomas Rhett on the shores of Rosemary Beach, Fla. in the official music video for their “Goodbye Summer” collaboration, bringing to life the song’s bittersweet story of short-lived romance with a seaside video directed by Shaun Silva.
“It has been amazing to see the storyline of ‘Goodbye Summer’ played out,” reflects Bradbery. “The video shares the emotions that come with a summer love. Shaun Silva had such a beautiful vision for this video and really brought it to life. It was a lot of fun to have Thomas Rhett join me for the shoot in one of my favorite places, 30A.”
The official music video premiered exclusively with Refinery29 yesterday, Nov. 19, with the outlet praising Bradbery’s “remarkably steady hand. Her voice slices through arrangements like a knife through a ripe avocado, and she is perfectly, enviably composed. She’s releasing some of that composure [with ‘Goodbye Summer’] though,” resulting in a “doleful duet” that is “a bit more plaintive.”
People then gave fans a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video earlier today, Nov. 20, remarking that the 30A region of Florida so beloved to both Bradbery and Thomas Rhett “shines vividly in its natural splendor.”
Described by Taste of Country as a “pop-infused song tinged with heartbreak [which] paints a romantic picture of the ups and downs of love that comes with an expiration date” and by Rolling Stone as a “wistful” story of “an intense, fleeting relationship that evaporates like a mirage when the season is over,” “Goodbye Summer” is a reimagining of “Hello Summer” off Bradbery’s sophomore album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met.
“Watching this song grow since I first recorded the demo has been really fun,” says Thomas Rhett, who wrote the original rendition alongside Rhett Akins and The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston. “30A was the perfect place to bring the video to life…we had a blast shooting it.”
Silva agrees, noting that “few things brand our hearts and minds the way a summer romance does. This song and this video tell that classic love story, where the sand of a coastal beach community is the same as the sand that falls freely from an hourglass. Our time may be limited, but the way we live in that moment is reckless and beautiful. It’s one of the few things we go into knowing what the end result must be, but for some reason we let go, give in, love… and in the end, we hurt but we don’t regret.”