Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31st Birthdays 2014

Darryl Worley, born in 1964, celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Happy birthday, Darryl!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30th Birthdays 2014

The Best of Patsy Montana
Patsy Montana (October 30, 1908 – May 3, 1996) would be celebrating her 106th birthday today.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Story Behind Blake Shelton's "Honeybee"

Blake Shelton is known for churning out the hits, but so are songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip. That's why it should come as no surprise that the two writers penned one of Blake's biggest hits, "Honeybee."

These particular three often write hits together, too, but this time around, they did not set out to necessarily write a hit song. In fact, they had no specific idea planned or even started for that writing session. Akins was simply thumbing through a magazine when inspiration suddenly struck.

"A lot of songwriters have visions in the night, but I don't dream of honey bees," jokes Akins. "Ben and I got together and absolutely had no idea what we'd write that day. I was flipping through a magazine, and there was an article on Mike Huckabee, the governor of Arkansas, coming to Nashville to play on a record, and I thought it said 'Huckleberry Comes to Town.' I asked Bend, 'Wasn't there a line in the movie, 'Tombstone': 'I'm your huckleberry'? Let's try to write that."

The trio worked on that version for about half an hour before realizing it wasn't going to work out. Next, they tried using the word 'honeysuckle' and still could not find a way to make it work. Eventually they settled on saying 'I'll be your honeybee.' As soon as they settled on that line, they knew Blake Shelton was the artist they were writing for, though it is not all that often writers write with a particular artist in mind and they actually cut the song.

"After we wrote the chorus, I said to Ben, 'If I said this to a girl, she'd probably get out of the truck. We've got to write this a little bit humorous," recalls Akins. "And that's where Blake came into this. That's why we put lines in like 'This might come out a little crazy/That came out a little country/I'm just having fun, but seriously/You know I want you to be mine.' That's basically how we wrote it. We didn't even think we'd demo it, because we figured nobody on Earth would cut it but Blake. We thought it was a little too quirky for anyone else."

Blake heard the song and loved it. The quirkiness is catchy and light-hearted. Plus, it fits well with what others often expect out of him. The only thing he was worried about was whether or not he could cut it fast enough. He had no idea they writers were not planning on making a demo even if he did not decide to record it.


October 29th Birthdays 2014

Veronica Ballestrini, born in 1991, celebrates her 23rd birthday today.

Happy birthday, Veronica!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28th Birthdays 2014

Brad Paisley, born 1972, celebrates his 42nd today.

Charlie Daniels, born in 1936, celebrates his 78th birthday today.

Happy  birthday, men!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24th Birthdays 2014

We aren't aware of any country birthdays today. If you know someone that needs a birthday wish, don't hesitate to let us know who it is!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Story Behind Phil Vassar's "Don't Miss Your Life"

Many of Phil Vassar's songs originate 30,000 feet into the air, but "Don't Miss Your Life" is a song that comes from personal experience as well as from inspiration found on one particular flight.

In fact, the realness of the song is what makes it stand out so much in his mind. He had an encounter with a man on a plane that made him stop and evaluate his own priorities. As a result, a song was also born.

"I was talking to a guy sitting next to me," Vassar explains, "who was retired, and it was a long West Coast to East Coast flight. I do a lot of writing on airplanes anyway. . .I always have my iPad, and that's where I write lyrics because I'm always a little bored and it gives me time to focus."

The guy started telling him all about how he worked so much that he missed many of the small moments in life that really matter. He told Vassar about the those things and it made him think twice.

"I immediately thought about how much I miss with my own kids. I started going through my phone and looking at pictures and it just really hit me. My kids send me pictures on the first day of school or all of that stuff when it happens, and I realized I'm not in any of these pictures! I'm not in any of 'em! So suddenly I realized, wow, I have missed so much stuff. You don't even realize because you're caught up in the middle of it at the time, so I think I got that song going pretty quickly because it was so real."

Vassar finished writing the song with Charlie Black, but he know that it was something special the moment they finished it.