Singer-songwriter Donovan Woods is working his way into our good graces.
Woods recently released a new music video for his song “Burn that Bridge.” From conservative eyes, the music video is very controversial. The video depicts a gay, interracial couple, who were apparently roommates that fell in love, dancing around, talking, kissing, cuddling, fighting, and even smoking weed.
Then, Woods talked to Billboard to discuss the music video.
“Once he figured out the groundwork of the song’s story — one of two good friends falling in love with the other — he felt strongly that it should be represented by a gay couple," said the Billboard writer.
Donovan Woods also shares that its his co-writer, who’s a gay woman, was the person who inspired him to have a gay couple in the music video.
After being asked, “How do you think the folk and country industries and those communities are doing in terms of including more LGBTQ individuals?” Donovan replied, “They’re not doing well at all,” he added that he was “shocked again and again by how slow the progress is in the country world.”
“I think people are still afraid to sort of express their real opinions outwardly for fear of losing fans.”
That said, a new generation of country singers are coming in and shaking the genre up. Woods says its these young singers, like Maren Morris, and Brothers Osbourne, that are going to change things for good.
“These are young people who have grown up in the real world with a realistic view of what 2018 should look like.”
Also, Woods shared that country music’s very basis is the problem. With the genre constantly looking towards the past with lyrics like, “the good ol’ days,” and words against the crazy modern world, country music is ignoring social progress.
“It's all codified language that is dangerous because things were not better in the past. Like, they just weren't. We all know that. They were not better from a social justice standpoint, they were not better for human rights or equality. We all know that.”