Friday, January 30, 2015

January 30th Birthdays 2015

Josh Kelley, born in 1980, celebrates 35th birthday today.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29th Birthdays 2015

We don't know of any country birthdays today, but if you know of an artist that needs a birthday wish be sure to let us know!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Story Behind Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried"

Long before ever having a hit song, Wyatt Durrette was writing hits. In fact, he wrote the chorus to "Chicken Fried" nearly two years before Zac Brown helped finish the song and then recorded it.

Durrette remembers that he was 21 when he first started the song and that it was two years later before he met Zac Brown at Dixie Tavern where Zac Brown used to sing often. When Durrette sang the chorus to Brown, Brown loved it. The two of them began working on the song and wrote some others along the way. It took them a few years to complete it, but they knew that they had something special.

"That was another song that took two and a half or three years to finally finish," says Durrette. "Zac came up with the patriotic verse right after 9-11. That was kind of the last piece that was missing. We just started making a list of all the things that we loved about being from the south and our families and what's important to us."

They knew that they had a catchy song, but they wanted to list all these things that were so important to them - like children, music, and southern pride - without making it sound cheesy. The response to the song was phenomenal, so they must have accomplished their goal. They created a heart-felt, honest song that is one of the Zac Brown Band's biggest hits.


January 28th Birthdays 2015

We don't know of any country birthdays today, but if you know of an artist that needs a birthday wish be sure to let us know!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Story Behind Chely Wright's "Damn Liar"

Some people use writing as an outlet for their emotions. Why? Because it works. Sometimes it even proves to be a successful hit that resonates with fans.

That's what happened with Chely Wright's song, "Damn Liar", which came off her album Lifted Off the Ground, released in 2010.

"Damn Liar" came about after breaking up with someone. When she wrote the song, she thought she was writing about that ex-girlfriend. It was after the fact that she realized it was not about her ex at all, but that she actually wrote it about herself.

"What I had done is projected my fears and negativity about myself, and my disappointments, onto her. I had written the song about me."

Chely Wright even remembers the day she wrote that song. She has a journal that she keeps and in that journal, she'd right page upon page of her thoughts and keep them dated.

"Damn Liar" was penned one day after speaking to her best friend. She had complained to him that her ex was a damn liar and he told her to do what she does best, to go write a song with that title.

"He counseled me day after day [before I came out as a lesbian]. When we were talking I called my [ex-lover] a damn liar. He said, 'Go do what you do. Go write."

Write is exactly what she did. First, she changed the standard tuning on her guitar to turn D into an E because she likes the sound it creates. Then, her words just fell onto the page. When she finished, she recorded it to share with some people via email before getting out of the house for awhile. Needless to say, everyone loved it.



January 27th Birthdays 2015

Adam Brand, born in 1970, celebrates his 45th birthday today.

Tracy Lawrence, born in 1968, celebrates his 47th birthday today.

Happy birthday, men!

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26th Birthdays 2015

We don't know of any country birthdays today, but if you know of an artist that needs a birthday wish be sure to let us know!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Story Behind Jessica Andrews' "Who I Am"

Back in 2001, Jessica Andrews had a song skyrocket t the top. "Who I Am" is a song about what it means to truly know oneself and being content with that, flaws and all. It resonated with country fans everywhere.

The two songwriters, Brett James and Troy Verges, remember the day they wrote this song. It was among the first hit songs they had. In fact, this one was their first hit single.

Verges recalls that James was living in Oklahoma with his parents, attending medical school. At that point in time, neither song writer was terribly successful. However, they wrote what they loved because they enjoyed the craft.

Verges went out to see James in Oklahoma, spending four or five days there at a time. When James was not in class, they wrote songs. Verges then took their sons back to Nashville to create demos. "Who I Am" came about on one of the first few trips out there. Incidentally, the pair wrote Tim McGraw's hi song, "Telluride",  on the same day.

"We were literally writing in his parents' kitchen," Verges told Roughstock. "He was going to study whatever he was studying - emergency medicine - right before and right after we wrote. Once we had our idea mapped out, the rest of the songs and lyrics just came pouring out of us that day. This song s real special to the both of us. . ."

Special indeed. Jessica Andrews took the song all the way to the coveted No. 1 spot on the charts. It is the biggest hit of her career.

"I'm glad Brett is not a doctor. He is a much better songwriter than I think he would've been a doctor!" Verges added, with a laugh.



January 25th Birthdays 2015

We don't know of any country birthdays today, but if you know of an artist that needs a birthday wish be sure to let us know!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24th Birthdays 2015

Keech Rainwater of Lonestar was born in 1963 and celebrates his 53rd birthday today.

Happy birthday, Keech!