Vern Gosdin released a song in 1988 and it quickly became a hit song for him. “Set ‘Em Up Joe” is a song written by Vern Gosdin himself with Hank Cochran, Buddy Cannon, and Dean Dillon. The song became one of the tracks on his tenth studio album Chiseled in the Stone. “Set ‘Em Up Joe” became Vern Gosdin’s second No. 1 song to hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Moreover, the song also entered the Canadian Billboard chart at No. 2.
Chiseled in the Stone became one of Vern’s best album he released. The album made it to the No. 7 position on the Billboard Top Country Album chart in 1988. Furthermore, it also produced three more songs aside from “Set ‘Em Up Joe” to enter the US Billboard chart. Some of the songs in Vern’s Chiseled in the Stone album that also made it to the chart were “Do You Believe Me Now,” “Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time,” and “Chiseled in Stone.”
His song “Set ‘Em Up Joe” is a song he dedicated to Ernest Tubb. This is a breakup song about a man playing old records he used to love after his lover left him.
“All my neon neighbors they like what I play
'Cause they've heard it every night since you've walked away.”
In his song, he mentions Ernest Tubb song “Walking The Floor,” a song he played on repeat every night.
“Every night I run a needle through "Walking The Floor"
“Walking The Floor” is actually based on Ernest Tubb’s song “Walking the Floor Over You.” In addition, this song was released by Tubb in 1941 which placed at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It is also considered to be one of the first Honky Tonk songs to be released.
Vern Gosdin’s song “Set ‘Em Up Joe” was nominated in 1988 for ACM Song of the Year.