Kid Rock has been called a lot of things in his day, but a rookie cook who looks like a musician is a first.
“Between you and me, he don’t know nothin’ about nothin,’” said 78-year-old Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely.
With his hair tied back in a ponytail as he smashes eggshells on the Waffle House’s griddle, the description of Rock hits its mark.
But, the “Cowboy” singer isn’t giving up his day job. Seely and Rock are among the co-stars of country singer Bill Anderson’s new music video for “Waffle House Christmas.”
Set in a Waffle House near Nashville, the video also includes “Redneck Woman” singer Gretchen Wilson, Ira Dean of Trick Pony, “Delta Dawn” singer Tanya Tucker, singer/comedian Joe Denim, the song’s co-writer Erin Enderlin, popular country radio personality Kelly Ford from Cumulus Media’s Mornings with TY, Kelly, & Chuck and a skunk.
“That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Anderson said of the video. “We just decided to see how crazy we could get with it. Fortunately, we had the blessings of the Waffle House people. They sent one of their executives up for the day. One or two times I think we might have gone over the top, and he said maybe we shouldn’t do that.”
Rock plays an ill-behaved cook in the video – complete with red hat and black apron. He sticks his fingers in a customer’s grits, flicks food from the grill onto the floor and takes bites of the food before it is served.
But Anderson said the errant behavior was just Rock doing his job.Kid Rock plays an ill-behaved cook in the music video for Waffle House Christmas. Nashville Tennessean
“You can see, he’s a great actor,” Anderson said. “He came out to the bus and we talked for a while. He was just as nice as he can be.”
The video is the brainchild of director Lee Willard who said he envisioned the madness as soon as he heard the song.
“What if we took a cast of random characters, put them in a Waffle House and created chaos with cameras rolling?” he theorized. “That’s exactly what we did.”