Everythings Gonna Be Alright as Reviver Records, Blue Chair Bay, BMI, ASCAP Fete the Pair
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When CMTs Katie Cook talked of friendship, dreams and hard work, the entire third floor of ACME Feed & Seed burst into cheers. As waiters passed trays of hot chickennwaffles and fried green tomatoes, David Lee Murphy and Kenny were being feted for the feel-good summer anthem Everythings Gonna Be Alright, written by Murphy, Chris Stevens and Jimmy Yeary.
First, I wanna thank Chris and Jimmy. We knew the day we wrote it, this was a hit even if nobody played it, said Murphy, the man known for Party Crowd and Dust on the Bottle, to several hundred in attendance. He continued, singling out Reviver Records tenacity. They were tough as can be, and we had a long haul. Theyve worked really hard on this record. We knew it was going to be a fight, but every regional got in there and gave it their all. We said you can run, but you cant outrun us.
Later Kenny beamed as he took the mic. This all started three, four years ago, because David Lee would send me all these songs--demos that sounded like records--and he was singing so great. I remember thinking, Id love to hear that on the radio. It seemed to me that there were a lotta people who arent being sung to, and David Lee could be one of those people who could do that.
Indeed, he could. Everythings Gonna Be Alright has been a summer staple, as well as a fixture on Kennys 19 Trip Around the Sun Tour stadium shows. The impact wasnt lost on the 8-time Entertainer of the Year, who said, To stand up there in front of 50,000 people every Saturday night, and see a song truly move people, to really feel it is something. This song made me believe in that all over again, because to experience that is really, really beautiful.
Whether it was BMIs Leslie Roberts telling the assembled crowd how the lyric and the melody and the sound of David Lee and Kenny singing, they take you back to high school, listening to two of your best friends sing and you dont have a care in the world, to Sony/ATVs Troy Tomlinson confessing he asked Kenny what he was thinking when he called to say he was considering making what became No Zip Codes, and being told, because its the right fing thing to do, the mood was joyous and light.
With backdrop-sized pictures of Kenny and Murphy throughout ACME, the vibe was long on friendship and the connection that tethers songwriters and artists to songs. Blue Chair Bay Rum even created a cocktail just for the event an Everythings Gonna Be Alright Mojito—containing high proof white rum, mint, lime and a bit of sugar.
As co-writer Yeary said, I love being a songwriter. I love to feel, so you can feel it…. If you feel, we connect. If we connect, we form a bond. If we form a bond, youll listen to me. And that gives us the opportunity to say things like everythings gonna be alright.
For an indie label, a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter whos written seminal hits for Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square, Jake Owen and Kenny, Everythings Gonna Be Alright is just the beginning. Theyve got No Zip Code, a brand-new single in I Wont Be Sorry and a whole lot more great music to go.