Archive | July, 2013

#1 Country Song – Highway Don’t Care

8 Jul

It’s been a long time since I posted a blog about the number one songs, but I decided to start it up again. Let me know what you think? Is this something that interest people, especially other songwriters who can use this as inspiration for their own music. If you are competing in the songwriting market these songs and songwriters are your competition, whether you are already a hitwriter or an aspiring hitwriter. I think it’s important to study what the market is currently doing.

So let’s dig into Tim McGraw’s current 2 week number one “Highway Don’t Care”. The song hit number one June 15, 2013 and remained in the top spot for the week of June 22, 2013. As most of you may know, the song features Taylor Swift on vocals as well as Keith Urban on guitar. This is an awesome combination: Tim, Taylor and Keith all in one song, not to mention that Taylor’s breakout song in 2007 was titled “Tim McGraw”. It has to be surreal for her to do a duet with her hero.

The song was written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and  Brett Warren. These four guys have a list of hitsongs that will amaze you, from Irwin’s “Here In the Real World” to Kear’s “Need You Now” and “Blown Away”. The Warren brothers not only had their own career on BNA Records in the late 90’s, but also have written many recent hits including Tim’s “Felt Good On My Lips” and “Feel That Fire” recorded by Dierks Bentley.

The four writers pitched the song to Tim as a duet and it was Tim’s idea to bring in Taylor as the female vocalist as well as bring in Keith on guitar. Country weekly quotes Tim about the video “It’s such a great song, and Taylor and Keith took it to another level, I am a fan of both of them as artists and as people. Keith’s guitar part is probably one of the most awesome guitar parts that I have heard in a long time. There was so much character and purpose and intent in his playing. It was just amazing how it all turned out”

With an unexpected twist at the end, the video for “Highway Don’t Care”, takes the song as well as Tim’s career to the next level.

For all your guitar players, this song is so simple to play with a repetitive D, Bm, G, A pattern throughout the entire song:

You can find the full guitar tab here:
Highway Don't Care Guitar Tabs

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