Ashley's label, Outdoor Music, has released the "Fisherman" video as part of its Outdoor Music Series on its Web site, OutdoorMusic.com. Producer Richard Prather said the label is working to get the video into rotation on video music channels GAC and CMT as soon as possible.
I didn't really have to do anything — just show up," said Ashley. "I just love singing, I always have."
The song was written by Rodney Clawson of Old Hickory, Tenn., one of Nashville's top writers. Clawson also wrote Big & Rich's "Lost in This Moment," Jason Aldean's "Johnny Cash" and "Why," as well as George Strait's highest debuting single, "I Saw God Today."
Clawson also happens to be a Bassmaster co-angler and has finished among the top 50 in two of the four Elite tournaments in which he has participated in 2008 — 47th at Tennessee's Old Hickory Lake and 28th on Texas' Lake Amistad.
The music video features Ashley as well as Elite Series pros Kevin VanDam, Chris Lane, Steve Kennedy, Mike Iaconelli, Ish Monroe, Gerald Swindle and Kelly Jordon, among others, as it details the life of Bassmaster Elite pros from the start of a tournament at registration to the final day, when the winner — which happens to be Ashley in the video — hoists the trophy.
Portions of the video were filmed on location this season during Elite Series events on Wheeler Lake, Kentucky Lake and Lake Murray. Ashley and his girlfriend Tracy wrap up the music video with a shot of the pair fishing from a backyard dock.
"That took two hours to shoot," Ashley said, laughing. "But it was a lot of fun doing it. I hope people enjoy the video."