“Benny Brown, who owns the label, I depended on him a lot. He's got a really great ear for songs ... so I did kind of lean on him to find the really good material. And the times that I didn't have time to be looking or writing, he would go round things up and play 'em for me and we'd decide on songs. I mean, I found a lot of songs too and I wrote a lot of songs. But it kind of eased the burden a little bit,” Houser said.
Fans have already thrown their support behind the title track, which has cracked the top 15 on the Billboard country songs chart and is on the rise. Penned by Vicky McGehee, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher, the toe-tapping Southern rock ballad has sold more than 250,000 copies for Houser.
“It's been, what, three years since we had ‘Boots On' out, which was a No. 2 (hit). So I'm just really blown away by the song and the reaction from fans and from radio. People are downloading it, and people seem to really love it. And I love it too. We love playing it every night; you know, it's one of those songs that I don't get sick of playing,” he said. “We're very, very lucky to get to do what we get to do and on the scale that we get to do it in. And I'm very, very thankful for it every time.”
As his son gets closer to his first birthday in March, Houser also is thankful for the way West has changed his life and expects the boy will have a more direct influence on his future songwriting.
“I learn something every day. Boy, it's amazing. I mean, the first thing I noticed that I learned is that I didn't know that I could love that strong. You know, it's amazing. I mean, it really is.”
Jake's Jingle Jam
• Featuring: Randy Houser, Greg Bates, Jana Kramer, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, D. Vincent
• When: 8 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
• Where: Riverwind Casino, 1544 W State
• Information: 322-6464 or www.riverwind.com.