Friday, January 4, 2019
– Chris Young is out with a new single, "Raised on Country," which pays homage to Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr.
Going for ads Jan. 28, the track, written by Young with co-producer Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe. The song is presumably on a forthcoming Young CD.
"I was raised on Merle, raised on Willie
"Got my Honky Tonk attitude from Joe Diffie
"Daddy did too, it's family tradition
"When someone cranks it up, you can't help but listen
"My upbringing sounds like George Strait singing
"And I gotta give props to the radio, 'cause if you know me
"I was raised on country"
"This song is a country anthem and so much fun," said Young. "I couldn't be happier to kick off a brand-new year with brand-new music I love this much."
Over the last three weeks leading up to the release of "Raised On Country," Young offered fans the chance to vote on artists to cover. Young gave weekly acoustic performances of "Silver Wings" (Merle Haggard), "Chattahoochee" (Alan Jackson), "The Fireman" (George Strait) and "Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox" (Joe Diffie).
During his career thus far, he has recorded with Nelson - "Rose In Paradise" found on Young's Platinum certified "The Man I Want To Be" - and Jackson - "There's A New Kid In Town" found on Young's first-ever holiday album "It Must Be Christmas." He's also toured with Jackson and Strait.
Young will take his Losing Sleep World Tour to the United Kingdom in May with special guest Lindsay Ell.