Known for her compelling stage presence and versatile vocals, Darling is joined by a stellar four-piece band that includes keys, upright bass, drums, and saxophone in this debut single. Incorporating elements of rockabilly, blues, and swing, it’s a track that electrifies from the get go.
Inspired by artists like Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, and Wanda Jackson, Darling is convinced she was made for that same bygone era, so she’s bringing it with her to 2021.
Embodying her bright and bubbly personality in the “Mr. Bartender” video, Darling is seen hanging out with her glamorous friends for a night out at a classy watering hole. Before long, the bartender catches her eye, sparks fly, and good times are had by all. There’s very much of an Olivia Newton John Grease feel throughout, as Darling sings about all the various cocktails she wants.
“Shake, baby shake,” she sings.
In the thick of the song, just as things really get rolling, a saxophone solo busts out for a fun dance break for everyone. A delightful concoction of rockabilly, blues, and pop create the fabric of this electric song that perfectly works with the feel of the video. Towards the end, everybody lets loose in dance, and there’s nothing left to do but party.
Directed by Kyle Kofsky and shot by Eric Soto, the scenery jives perfectly with the song. The set encompasses everything from neon signs, blue pastel booths, vinyls on the walls, pinball machines, a jukebox, and more to get the real vintage experience of the fifties.
Kofsky said about the shoot, “Directing Miss Tammy Darling’s music video was a thrill to say the least. It wasn’t difficult to showcase all of the character, fun, and style that the single “Mr. Bartender” exudes. For me it was a simple story to be told, celebrating the rockabilly music and all the fun that comes with a good night out with friends. This being Miss Tammy Darling’s debut original single, it was important that we create something that represented the kick ass, darling, and talented woman that she is, and so that’s what we did. We hope you listen and watch – go out, connect with your friends, smile, flirt, have a good time, and of course dance.”
Darling added, “‘Mr. Bartender’ was filmed at the Black Dice Cafe, a trendy Japanese rockabilly bar on Dundas West in Toronto. With tons of 1950’s charm and an original 1958 Jukebox and Surf Champ pinball machine on sight, this hip Japanese beer and sake bar was the perfect shoot location for the music video. “Mr. Bartender” also features local swing dancers from Toronto’s vintage scene ripping up the dance floor.”
She went on to say, “The shoot was an ambitiously jam-packed 8-hour day smoothly curated by director and co-producer Kyle Kofsky and videographer Eric Soto. The same stellar crew brought you my first music video, a unique and quirky cover of ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’.”
Miss Tammy Darling succeeds in her vision on the project, and does a spectacular job embodying a fun, flirty environment that draws you in and makes you want to shake a leg. We definitely look forward to seeing what this vintage-inspired songstress has in store for 2022.