It is a song written by Alan Jackson along with Jim McBride. It was first recorded by Jackson and was released on May 1993 from his album, A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘bout Love). It was produced by American country music recording artist and record producer, Keith Stegall under the Artista Nashville Label.
The album, A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘bout Love) has 10 different soundtracks including five hit singles. “Chattahoochee,” and “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” entered number 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts while “Tonight I Climbed the Wall,” “(Who Says)You Can’t Have It All,” and “Mercy Blues” reached the Top 5 spot on the country charts.
Upon the release of the album, it peaked at number 13 on the U.S Billboard 200 chart, and number 1 on the Top Country albums chart. The album marked Jackson’s first number one country album released. It also became a certified album by the RIAA.
In addition, the song “Chattahoochee” reached number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
About the Song
“Chattahoochee” is a song that talks about falling in love, having fun, and growing up in the Chattahoochee River. The name Chattahoochee comes from the Muskogean meaning “rocks-marked” or “painted. “Chato” means rock and “huchi” means marked. Moreover, this also refers to the many colorful granites occupying the northeast to the southwest segment of the river. In Georgia, the Chattahoochee River was named “The Hooch.”
The Chattahoochee River is about 430 miles (690 km) long and it makes up the largest part of the ACF’s drainage basin.
Down by the river on a Friday night
A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight
Talking ’bout cars and dreaming ’bout women
Never had a plan just a livin’ for the minute
Sometimes the best therapy we want is hearing the sound of the water flowing from the shore. It makes us feel relaxed and it gives us peace of mind. The sound of the waves reminds us that life must go on like the waves. Even if storms come, they still show the true beauty of nature.