Takin’ a little trip down memory lane..
Back in 1989, “Friends In Low Places,” written by Earl Bud Lee and Dewayne Blackwell , was originally intended to be a George Strait song.
Low Places, arguably the biggest hit of Garth Brooks‘ career, was sent to him before he had ever released an album to record a demo so it could be sent to The King. Fast forward a year later, and George Strait never decided to cut it.
“’Friends in Low Places’ was the last demo session I ever did as a singer. I sang the session out in Hendersonville, and for the next two weeks, the chorus to this song kept running through my head…I asked Bud Lee and Dewayne if I could hold on to it and, without a blink of an eye, they both said yes. Putting that kind of faith in an unknown artist is unheard of. Thanks Dewayne and Bud for believing in me.”
The song went on to become the lead-single for Brooks’ second album, “No Fences,” which is now certified 18X Diamond. Low Places went on to win Single Of The Year at both the ACM’s and CMA’s in 1990 and is now, a go-to song for many cover band’s and drunk karaoke singers.
Like many say, songs typically find their rightful owner. Oh, and put your damn music on streaming platforms already, Garth. – Sincerely, everyone.