Song News (August 2017)

August 1, 2017 – Denham Springs, LA based country band The Jones Boys are putting finishing touches on their next album, that will include four co-writes with Byron. Band members Mickey Jones and Jack Jones have co-written songs with Byron for years. A song they co-wrote back in 2000 was on Toby Keith’s ACM Album of the Year How Do You Like Me Now.  The Australian duo Baylou has just released their new EP on ABC Music/Australia entitled Bang Bang. The EP includes the song “Even With A Broken Heart” co-written with Byron and featuring their label mates the award winning Australian band The Wolfe Brothers.  Country band Alabama made its eighth appearance at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, OH on Saturday night July 29th, and the day after show  The Columbus Dispatch reports that the band Alabama’s tunes “still sound fresh, vital….songs like …‘Born Country’ reveal the roots of much of contemporary country radio music.”  Rolling Stone Magazine (see media link below) continues to follow George Strait’s latest string of #1 shows. Another article on his most recent shows in Las Vegas just hit the news. George’s two nights of #1 hits always kicks off with “Fool Hearted Memory”. Thank you George! As often happens when you have a lot of songs and recordings out there over many years, cool releases are discovered that we never knew about. Here’s a couple….The Doc & Merle Watson albums entitled Watson Country (Flying Fish/1996), and Black Mountain Rag (New Rounder/2010) both include the song “Sadie” written by Byron Hill and Michael Coleman, which was written back in 1977, and was originally released on Doc & Merle Watson’s Red Rocking Chair album back in 1981. Someone has told us about a band named ‘Born Country’ playing shows in the southwest specializing in tribute performances of the music of the iconic band Alabama. Now that’s cool! The song “Can’t Remember Never Loving You” (Hill/Janes) from the The Music Of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 5 Volume 2, remains one of the most popular tracks from the soundtrack album on Spotify and Amazon. 

Two little bits of history trivia for August…. Neal McCoy’s hit “If I Was A Drinkin’ Man” (Hill/Rudd) produced by the legendary Barry Beckett, made its chart debut in Billboard Magazine on August 12, 1995, twenty-two years ago! Also….. George Strait’s first #1 single “Fool Hearted Memory” (Hill/Mevis) hit the top of the Country charts on August 28, 1982, a mere thirty-five years ago! Check out the then and now photos below. For the stories behind both of the Neal McCoy and George Strait hits, go to the Discography >  Stories Behind The Hits menu link on this website. Enjoy!

More August details coming as we get them!

Related Media Links:

Baylou

The Wolfe Brothers

The Columbus Dispatch article on the Alabama band

Rolling Stone Magazine article on George Strait in Las Vegas

Doc & Merle Watson

The Music Of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 5 Volume 2

Neal McCoy

George Strait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Strait’s first #1 Party, for “Fool Hearted Memory”, at MCA Records offices in 1982. (L to R: Byron Hill, George Strait, and producer/songwriter Blake Mevis). Note Gene Watson photo in background. “The song changed my life and remains one of the highlights of my career.” -BH. Photo courtesy of the Country Music Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of George Strait’s first #1 single “Fool Hearted Memory” (August 28th 1982). (L to R): Co-writers Blake Mevis and Byron Hill. Photo taken August 28, 2012 at ASCAP/Nashville, by Alan Mayor.