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Texas forever: Dirty Honey frontman shares story behind ‘Friday Night Lights’ Riggins brothers reunion

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Dirty Honey has accomplished quite a lot in a short time. For example, the band’s single “When I’m Gone” became the first-ever song by an unsigned artist to hit number one on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. Perhaps more impressively, though, is that they were able to reunite the Riggins brothers.

To promote the release of their self-titled debut album earlier this year, Dirty Honey put together a video starring Taylor Kitsch and Derek Phillips, better known to fans of the beloved high school football drama series Friday Night Lights as lovable screw-up siblings Tim and Billy Riggins.

As for how the FNL reunion came together, frontman Marc LaBelle tells ABC Audio that Kitsch is a “really, really good friend.”

“He’s literally one of my best friends, and is like a big brother to me,” LaBelle says, adding that the Waco star is “just the best dude ever.”

“When we were getting ready to drop the record, [Kitsch] was pretty adamant about, like, ‘I wanna do something. Let’s do something!'” LaBelle recalls. “‘Let me help, whatever you need me to do, I’ll do.'”

Kitsch thought up the concept of the clip, which finds Dirty Honey playing at his house and refusing to leave. It was also his idea to involve Phillips, who comes over to the house with a golf club in an effort to scare the band away.

“Oh man, it was so fun to watch them do their thing,” LaBelle shares, adding that there’s still some footage left on the cutting room floor.

“There was one take that we didn’t use in the video where Derek comes through the door with the golf club, and he goes, ‘Nobody hurts my TV brother!'” he laughs.

Dirty Honey’s currently on tour supporting The Black Crowes.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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