The video opens with Allen leaving church, overcome with the sudden urge to get in his car and drive deep into the woods, where he stumbles upon a guitar hiding amongst the trees. With a strum of the magical instrument, Allen’s bandmates appear in the middle of the road, the singer taking lead vocals on the mic.
Soon, Paisley joins him on the back of a truck bed, and the two sing and play guitar under a bridge before going into full rockstar mode. Decked out in a jeweled jacket, shades and a cowboy hat, Allen draws cheers from the crowd forming around them, the people in the audience waving sparklers in hand as confetti flies through the air.
“I miss those days when our dreams were there for chasin’ / But time was better wasted,” the pair sing. “We were summer young and livin’ for a Friday / And freedom was a highway.” At the video’s end, Allen — who also serves as co-director of the clip — returns back to reality, with nightfall cast all around him.
“When I was writing this song with my co-writers, I imagined myself driving down my favorite roads in Delaware,” Allen remarked of the song following its January release. “This song takes me back to simpler moments such as an innocent, childhood crush on the next-door neighbor or feeling freedom in the wind as you drive with the windows down. I’ve loved this song from the creation.
“I’m a huge admirer of Brad Paisley. I love what he brings to music and I had to have him bring that same magic to this song,” Allen adds. “I’m humbled to have him join me on this song — he brought the freedom to the highway.”
“Freedom Was a Highway” is featured on Allen’s latest album, Bettie James Gold Edition. It’s currently inside the Top 25 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.