The John Rich single, “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” is rapidly moving up the country charts. The whole idea behind the song seems to be something country music fans can identify with. Country music fans, and probably a lot of the rest of the U.S. population as well.
Cindy Watts, a writer for Nashville’s The Tennessean, wrote an article for the paper on March 23, 2009, called “Single ‘Shuttin’ Detroit Down’ connects with fans across the country”. She’s right. That’s a headline a lot of us could have written, I’m sure.
The most recent news I had here about John was probably when he married long-time girlfriend Joan Bush in Nashville back in December. I still don’t think we now a great deal about all that. And so far, I haven’t seen any wedding pictures (but I keep waiting). That wedding certainly wasn’t the only thing that had John in the news during the past several months.
In case anyone forgot him on the campaign trail for Fred Thompson when the former Senator from Tennessee was running for president; then campaigning for John McCain when Thompson decided to leave the race; there were the tabloid stories in October when John hit rocker Jerry Montano in the face with a bottle in a California hotel room; and the ongoing articles, comments and complaints about the home he’s building near Vanderbilt in Nashville.
I hope all that doesn’t get in the way of anyone enjoying his latest album, “Son of A Preacher Man,” that was released yesterday. We all know “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” and it’s a good song. It’s currently moving very close to Top 10 on the country charts. I haven’t heard the whole CD yet, but did get to hear short samples of the music on Amazon.
In addition to “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” John gives us “Trucker Man,” “the Good Lord and the Man,” “Another You,” “Preacher Man,” “I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love,” “Everybody Wants to be Me,” “Turn A Country Boy On,” “Why Does Somebody Always Have to Die,” “I Thought You’d Never Ask,” and “Drive Myself to Drink.” I’m anxious to hear the entire CD – so far, I’ve really liked what I’ve heard!
I better move on for now. But thanks to YouTube, and K98.5, we have not only a great clip of “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” but we also have a good close up of that wedding ring.
Talk to you soon! Remember to head on over to The Tennessean’s web site, and read Cindy’s article. It’s a great one, and I know you will all enjoy it. Drop me a line when you have a minute. Love hearing from each of you.