The sights and sounds of Sam’s Restaurant are familiar to many Scott Countians. Soon thousands of music fans are going to be privy to the charms of the already-famous eatery. Standing out one morning last week among the regulars taking their place at the bar and the waitresses delivering plates stacked high with pancakes or crispy onion rings, were two shiny black video cameras, their operators and director Dale Hufana.
The crew was at Sam’s shooting footage for a music video featuring Kentucky singer Luk Nichols and his band, The Other Side of Midnight. Nichols has re-recorded the Eddie Rabbitt hit “Driving My Life Away.” The crew is shooting scenes for that video. “We were looking for the quintessential truck stop,” Hufana said. “Someone scouted Sam’s as a location and it has that old-time diner feel.”
The crew spent much of the morning shooting scenes with an 18-wheeler from Rock Ledge Horse Transport, Inc., videoing the truck from the outside and even taking a short trip down U.S. 25 with the cameras in the cab of the truck.
As the lunch crowd began packing into Sam’s, the videographers moved the cameras and large rolling tripods into the restaurant.
There, Hufana chatted with the customers, encouraging them to check out Nichols’ work.
The camera operators focused on getting shots to match with the lyrics of “Driving My Life Away.”
“There are several lyrics in the song we’re getting shots for,” said Hufana. “They’re a line that says ‘Waitress pour me another cup of coffee.’ We’re getting a shot of a waitress at Sam’s pouring coffee.”
Nichols was not on hand for the shoot, but has played in the area recently, performing at the Kentucky Horse Park in October.
A native of tiny Mulburn in far western Kentucky, Nichols now calls Lexington home, though he and his band are currently on tour. He will play several shows in Nashville next month, then hit Alabama and Georgia before returning to Kentucky to play at the Yum Center in Louisville on April 20.
Hufana said Long Island Records, which is also based in Lexington tries to shoot all its videos in Kentucky.
No release date for the video has been set, but several waitresses and regulars at Sam’s Restaurant will be eagerly awaiting the date.