So, of all the things I’ve never had a chance to do-seeing George Strait perform live is one of the things I wish I hadn’t missed. That rainy September morning in 1996 with Roger Cook and Earl Bud Lee changed my life!
Ah….1996. Now THAT was a year! Ricochet was having incredible success at radio with “Daddy’s Money“, and I was co-writing with a bunch of incredible writers, including Roger Cook and Earl Bud Lee. I remember waking up that rainy-dreary day in August….we had played a gig the night before and I was hesitant to get out of bed and go downtown to write. But it’s not every day that you get to write with a living legend like Roger Cook…so guitar in hand, I parked two blocks away from Island Bound Music and showed up at the door dripping wet. Roger met me and said that Earl Bud Lee was upstairs too, they had gotten their signals crossed on a writing appt, so if I didn’t mind, the three of us could write. Mind? Needless to say, we wrote this tune in a few hours. I can clearly recall Rodger playing it on his ukulele, me on the piano and Earl Bud on acoustic. I have the original writing session on cassette in my studio, maybe I’ll dust it off and post a follow up.
Long story short, this was the ASCAP Song of the Year in 1997. Thanks George, you ARE country music!