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This week’s Pick of the Week is Jason Blaine’s new single, “Rock It Country Girl” from his new album Everything I Love. Top Country got the opportunity to talk to Jason and ask him some questions about the songwriting process behind “Rock It Country Girl” and songwriting in general, check out the full interview below!

Q:

Tell us a bit about the songwriting process for “Rock It Country Girl”.

A:

I wrote this one with Jim Beavers (Red Solo Cup, 5-1-5-0, Watchin’ Airplanes) and Deric Ruttan (Up All Night, Main Street 1979). I knew going in that I wanted to write something fun, something that would be a great live song. I came in with the groove/feel I was looking for and Jim just started singing “rock it, rock it, rock it” and I think I added the “country girl”; meanwhile, Deric was over there picking away on his banjo and humming this melody: “sweet wild honey child” and playing that banjo intro melody over and over. We all thought it was super catchy and from there we just let the song take us where it wanted to go. We just had fun with it and didn’t set any restrictions on it either, we figured if it made us smile & bob our heads then it would have that same effect on others as well. The song may be a little more rockin’ or edgy then other things I’ve recorded in recent years but I’m ok with that and I think the fans are too because it sure has been a blast playing it for the awesome crowds we’ve seen this summer!

Q:

Who are some of your songwriting heroes?

A:

First of all, everyone I wrote with on this new record. I completely respect them all as great, hit-song writers. Beyond that, anyone would be humbled by the songwriting careers of folks like Craig Wiseman, Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley, Jeffery Steele, Dallas Davidson, and David Lee Murphy, and I could go on and on and on….

Q:

Are there any words you love or hate to use in songs?

A:

Therefore, thus, notwithstanding….and maybe armpit. All words that probably wouldn’t sing very well. Actually, I’ve never heard those words in songs come to think of it, my simple rule is: if it rings, it sings.

Q:

What do you consider to be the perfect song and why?

A:

To me, the perfect song is simply one that does what it was meant to do, which is to pull out the maximum amount of emotion from the intended listener. Whether it makes them laugh or cry, remember or forget, hang on or let go. The perfect song pulls you in, makes you feel it and want to hear it again.

 

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