Artist: Thomas Dollbaum
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Release Date: May 20, 2022
Label: Big Legal Mess
In Their Words: “I grew up outside Tampa, Florida, and before I had a car, I would take the bus into town and walk through the city to get to my friend’s neighborhood from downtown. ‘Florida’ is about the people I knew who were down and out where I am from. It’s about getting into trouble, hanging out with strangers, and how a place can mold you into who you are even as you are wishing you could do something or be somewhere else.
“The premise of the ‘Florida’ video was pretty simple. I wanted to go back to Tampa and try and capture some of my favorite places that I knew from growing up. We stayed downtown at the Hotel Floridan, which is a 1920s hotel that is sort of stuck in time, and ventured out filming at different barrooms and beachfronts that really are the setting for the songs. Alex Theil did a great job of capturing spots that I was interested in filming, and I think the video really captures the world that I tried to build with the lyrics.” — Thomas Dollbaum
Photo Credit: Cora Nimtz