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#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

Comment below and let us know what you think.



Eric Paslay

28 Sep

In March 2011, I attended Tin Pan South in Nashville, which is the largest songwriter festival with hit songwriters performing at all the venues around Nashville. One of those nights I was at Douglas Corner to see Allen Shamblin (The House that Built Me) with a group of friends from Texas and was amazed by a special guest. This young guy was tall and lean and a hell of a guitar player. He inspired me with the grooves he was banging out on his acoustic guitar. His name was Eric Paslay and his performance was one of the most memorable performances over the entire week competing with huge hit writers such as Hillary Lindsey (Jesus Take the Wheel) and  Josh Kear (Need You Now)

Now only 6 months later, Eric finds himself at the top of the billboard charts with Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and on top of that he has signed his own record deal with EMI records and released his own first single “Never Really Wanted”. His unique style of country is the future of country music and I know we will be hearing much more from this great songwriter and artist.

If you have never heard of Eric Paslay, now is the time to check him out: