Go Behind-the-Scenes of Morgan Wallen's New Video for His Song 'Whiskey Glasses'
Morgan Wallen was initially drawn to his new single "Whiskey Glasses" because of its "groove" and "unique" play on words for a breakup ballad. The song's chorus begins, "I'ma need some whiskey glasses/'Cause I don't wanna see the truth/She's probably making out on the couch right now/With someone new."
"I think we’ve all been in that situation before where you're trying to get over somebody and you resort to [drinking]," he tells PEOPLE. "I connected to it in many ways."
Because Wallen didn't view this as a traditional breakup song, he didn't want it to be your traditional breakup video. See the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from his new music video, which premieres Saturday morning on CMT Hot 20, here.
The video begins with Wallen literally being slapped in the face before sitting on the couch wallowing in his sorrows. "Poor me, pour me another drink," he sings.
"We wanted the video to start out sad just because that’s kind of the way the song is," Wallen tells PEOPLE.
But quickly, as the song picks up, the video does too. Some of Wallen's friends can be seen in the video trying to cheer him up and tell him everything will be okay.
"Those are actually my real buddies in real life in the video," Wallen tells PEOPLE. "I wanted it to be pretty realistic and for it to be more lighthearted as the video progressed."
This type of authenticity in his music is important for Wallen, and he says it's a trait he picked up from touring with Florida Georgia Line. Wallen grew up in a small town of Sneedsville, Tennessee.
"I always want to keep my small-town roots and the things that I love and value and believe in in my music," Wallen says. "I'm trying to grow as an artist and evolve, but I also don’t want to forget where I came from."
At one point during the video shoot, Wallen entrusted one of his closest friends to actually take a razor to his head and cut his hair as a symbol of his transformation to get over his ex.
"I thought he might jack me up real good on purpose and he was a good sport about it," Wallen says of his new friend-approved haircut, which features two side shaves and a mullet down the back.
In the middle of the song, Wallen sits down with another one of his friends to chat about the breakup, pausing the music.
He tells PEOPLE his creative decision to incorporate this conversation instead of just the lyrics was to make sure he could get the point across to his fans that he wasn't the bad guy in the song's breakup scenario.
Even though the song is entitled "Whiskey Glasses," Wallen admits that whiskey isn't his drink of choice right now.
"It has been before," he says with a laugh. "It’s not at the moment. We don’t get along right now, but it may be again someday."
The video for "Whiskey Glasses" premieres on CMT Hot 20 on Saturday 9/29 at 9 a.m. EST. The single is available now.