When you reach for songs that capture peoples lives, country fans respond. For Kenny, they respond in a big way. The Big Revival has yielded Kenny's 25th and 26th No. 1 hits, American Kids and Til Its Gone."
Ive been blessed to know some of the very best songwriters there are, Kenny says, starting at Acuff Rose as a kid, I learned when you can give folks their lives, people will respond. Its an honor to be able to give songs like American Kids and Til Its Gone to the fans."
Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, American Kids evokes the little pink houses and "born in the USA" of several generations, while embodying the swept-up-in-the-moment urgency and complete abandon of todays teens and twenty-somethings.
With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay Ive ever heard, American Kids was a song that stopped me in my tracks, Kenny says, seven, eight, ten seconds in, I took my head phones off and said to Shane (McAnally), Im gonna cut it. Songs you can wrap your record around dont come along very often. Im glad this one came to me.
'Til It's Gone written by Clawson, Jimmy Yeary and David Lee Murphy, brings the ultimate invitation to live and love in full.
I think it was David Lee who said to me, Kenny responded, Well, when you get back out there, what do you want to say to your audience? And this song is about living in the moment WITH someone, but if you back away... and look at it as all those people (in the audience), thats exactly what I wanted to say. I knew when I heard the demo, the groove, the mood, the lyric that was it! Im blessed they send me their demos.