When you stop to consider the career of Billy Currington, chances are you might think of love songs. After all, his first number one was the steamy “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right”. And, since then, he added plenty of material to serve as inspiration for late night drives and candlelight.
Currington as a singer
A closer inspection of Currington’s song catalog reveals a man who can veer outside of his comfort zone anytime. That is with impressive results of course. Whether singing about the bond with his canine companion, a football team that isn’t going to compete for the state championship anytime soon, or a man who suddenly comes into a fortune by treating a man with respect who has been neglected by his family, Currington demonstrates an uncanny ability to interpret a lyric with a keen sense of observation, one that always seems to strike the right note with his audience.
On December 2, 2009, Currington’s “People Are Crazy” became a Grammy-nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. The song has also received a “Song of the Year” nomination on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.
“Just the title alone, when I was pitched this song, I was sure at that point that I was going to record it, I didn’t care how it sounded. I just loved the title, I couldn’t wait to put it in my truck and listen to it. It just put a big smile on my face. It was like, ‘You know, I’ve been waiting on a song like this for a long time.’
I was just thankful that they sent it my way, I just got addicted to the song. I found myself wanting to listen to this song over and over. Carson Chamberlain – the producer I was working with – had heard it too, and we were both in agreement that this had to go on the album so that’s kinda how this song got chosen.
It’s just a words-of-wisdom kind of song. It’s got a laid-back melody that just puts you in that happy zone.”– Billy Currington
Currington is crazy enough to persist for “People Are Crazy”
“People Are Crazy” centralizes on a man and an old man who met in a bar. The two of them converse, which leads to the old man saying, “God is great, beer is good. And people are crazy.” Some time has passed, and the younger man reads the old man’s obituary in the paper. He discovers that the now dead old man was a millionaire and “left his fortune to some guy he barely knew”. After this discovery makes him conclude that indeed, “people are crazy.”
The first time Currington heard this song, he wanted to record it. However when he inquired he was told to get into line as a number of A-list artists including George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson were also interested. He explained to the Associated Press: “My friend said, ‘That song has already been recorded and 10 people are waiting in line who want to record it, so don’t even worry about it”. A month later, Currington inquired about the song one last time. His persistence paid off as this time he was given the green light to record it.