June 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM EDT

Brandi Carlile’s got an ace up her sleeve for her latest video, and it can be told in three words: Kris freakin’ Kristofferson.

To celebrate the release of her fourth album Bear Creek, out today, the alt-leaning folk singer recruited Texas country-outlaw Kristofferson to star as the reformed jailbird in her clip for “That Wasn’t Me,” which you can watch exclusively below.

But when Kristofferson’s konvict kharacter (see what we did there, Kardashians?) gets caught with a sharp blade — it’s for woodworking, he swears! — he gives up, smashing his trusty guitar out of frustration. We don’t want to give away the ending, but let’s just say it stops thankfully short of a full Shawshank.

Take a look at the exclusive new clip in the video below (and click here to buy the album):

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