Need a laugh? Listen to this parody song about Crestview traffic, need for a bypass

Savannah Evanoff
Northwest Florida Daily News

BAKER — Chris Davis does indeed believe Crestview needs a bypass, but that isn’t why he wrote a song about it.

The Baker resident and professional videographer just wanted to have a little fun. He posted a parody video this past week on his TikTok @chrisd850 and Facebook page to the music of Sam Hunt’s country song “Body Like a Back Road.”

In it, he sings “Got a job on the south side/Eglin Air Force Base/First time I ever drove home/traffic put me in my place.”

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Davis’ video has more than 500 plays on TikTok and more than 380 shares on Facebook.

“My post on Aug. 24 was, ‘Excuse my language! It’s been awhile since I made a parody!’” Davis said. “I made so many last year because of everything going on with COVID that I kinda didn’t make any for a really long time. Then I just decided to make this one, and people connected with it, I guess.”

Baker resident and videographer Chris Davis writes songs with a humor component. His recent parody of Crestview traffic has been popular on social media.

Davis is considering expanding on the 1-minute, 30-second video by finishing the song and making a video, he said. He plans to make more parodies in the future.

The second verse to his parody is “Now I’m stopped by Duke Field/took me like six years/I could already be home/drinking all of my beers.”

Davis couldn’t make a serious song if his life depended on it.

“I’ve made music and stuff for a while, and I honestly tried so many times; I can’t make a serious song to save my life,” he said. “I’ve tried to make serious songs, and I just can’t do it. I’ve always had a comedy element in my songs.”

It isn’t the first local parody Davis has made, either. He previously came up with a parody about the Mullet Festival, a former festival in Niceville, for a “Saturday Night Live”-themed party at his parents' friends’ house, he said.

“They host an annual SNL party at their house and the idea is that anyone who comes has to bring a skit,” Davis said. “You can’t just go and spectate. Everyone has to be involved and do a skit. And you can imagine, we’re just regular people acting like we’re making an episode of SNL.”

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Davis performed his parody at the party but never made a video for it.

“The Mullet Festival parody was the Taylor Swift song ‘Love Story,’ except mine was called ‘Drunk Story,’” Davis said. “It’s about how they met at the Mullet Festival over drinking beer and listening to music. That’s kind of dated because it isn’t happening anymore. I just enjoy it. Performing that in front of people was even better. Every year I try to think of, ‘What was a hit song this year?’ or ‘What’s the song that every time you turn on the radio, you always hear?’ ”

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Baker resident Chris Davis recently posted a parody about Crestview traffic that has been popular on social media.

He makes serious videos, too. His YouTube channel, Local 850, is where he posts some of his professional videography work.

“That’s where I talk about local stuff,” Davis said. “I go to local events and make videos about local events. That’s really why I decided to do the parody about traffic.”

The idea came to him while he was in Niceville for a video shoot.

“I actually got stuck in that traffic on my way back,” Davis said. “Every time I go south, I always ask my friends, ‘What time should I leave here to make sure I get home before it gets bad?’ After a certain time, I’m just sitting there stopped around Duke Field.”

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Davis does think Crestview needs a bypass. His parents live in Crestview and he grew up in the area.

“I don’t mean no negativity about it; I just find the humor in it,” Davis said. “I don’t want to sound negative about the city, because I actually do like it. I have a business and I operate there. I enjoy everything they’ve been doing, but this should’ve been dealt with 15 or more years ago. But it’s obviously not an easy thing to fix, either. When I actually start thinking about it, it’s not like, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll do that.’

"People actually commented that the second verse should be about Destin.”