I miss the days of countless oddball music videos that used to tell stories and included just ridiculous imagery. Luckily, artists like Allison Ponthier is helping to bring us back to those days with her funky afterlife music video for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery.” The music video is for a single off her new album titled, “Shaking Hands with Elvis.”
The indie/country star said this about the song while talking with Them Magazine:
I can talk about this song forever. I’d never been when I wrote it. It’s wild — I had watched a video about a woman going to Marilyn Monroe’s grave, which is not in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Something about it felt kind of weird. I noticed that the name on her grave was “Marilyn Monroe” and not Norma Jean, which is her actual name. So I thought, “Oh man, what has to happen to a person that more people know them by their stage name than their actual name?” So I watched that video and fell asleep, and I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote all the lyrics to the chorus. I was furiously typing on my phone, overcome, and a few days later, I was like, “Hey, I know exactly what song I want to finish writing.”
Like Orville Peck, Ponthier is helping lead a new generation of LGBTQA+ country artists to help bring more diversity and uniqueness to the genre.
The sky is the limit for this fantastic emerging artist.