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September 29

Scotty McCreery Channels Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee”

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Scotty McCreery is one of those country artists that is well loved not only because of his looks but also because of the fact that he knows his roots and if he could probably have total creative control on his songs, he would have patterned it from the old honky-tonk songs that we still enjoy up to this date. On one of his special performance, he had gone full Alan Jackson at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He bravely opened his act of an Alan Jackson classic; ‘Chattahoochee’ and we could not be more impressed with his vocals.

Chattahoochee, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery

“Jim McBride and I were trying to write an up-tempo song and Jim came in with the line ‘way down yonder on the Chattahoochee’. It kind of went from there. It’s a song about having fun, growing up. and coming of age in a small town – which really applies to anyone across the country, not just by the Chattahoochee. We never thought it would be as big as it’s become” said Alan Jackson when he talked about the song in his 1995 ‘The Greatest Hits Collection’

Apart from being co-written by Alan Jackson himself, Chattahoochee was released in May 1993 as the third single from his album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love). The album is named after a line in the song itself. It ultimately earned Jackson a CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.

Watch the video below and tell us if McCreery did Jackson proud:

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Chattahoochee Lyrics

Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
It gets hotter than a hoochie coochie
We laid rubber on the Georgia asphalt
We got a little crazy but we never got caught

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
Yeah way down yonder on the Chattahoochee
Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me
But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was
A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love


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