Song Premiere: Ronnie Milsap, “Georgia On My Mind”
Before becoming one of the most successful names in country music, Ronnie Milsapwas a half-hearted college student in upstate Georgia. He’d sailed through high school with the dream of becoming an R&B singer after graduation, but his teachers had other plans, convincing Ronnie to start taking law classes at Young Harris College instead. He went along with the idea for several months… but by 1963, the guy was getting restless.
Looking for inspiration — or maybe just a good excuse to ditch class — he hitched a ride down to Atlanta, bought a ticket to a Ray Charles concert and sweet-talked his way backstage. The two musicians met in the dressing room. Ronnie, who’d grown up listening to people like Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis transform the piano from a classical instrument into a rock & roll weapon, introduced himself and asked for some career advice. After listening to the kid play a few songs on piano, Ray told Ronnie to follow his dreams and forget the courtroom. Ronnie didn’t need any more convincing after that.
Florida Georgia Line‘s debut single “Cruise” has only been out since April 10, but it’s likely already attached itself into the heads of everyone who’s listened to it, for better or worse. With a springy, wiry guitar melody and percussion that sounds like trash can lids taking a beating comes the sticky chorus, “Baby you a song/You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise” sung with a twang too thick to see through.
The duo, which consists of Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard and Florida-born Brian Kelley, are commendably the songwriters behind this radio-friendly single, as well as all the tracks on their forthcoming EP (they also penned Jason Aldean’s “Black Tears”). That’s more than a lot of radio sensations belting steely country rock hits can say. Just one question: “She hopped right up into the cab of my truck and said/Fire it up/Let’s go get this thing stuck” – is that the same thing as “going parking?”