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David Lee Murphy, ‘Dust on the Bottle’ — Story Behind the Lyrics

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David Lee Murphy talks with The Boot about the day he wrote his chart-topping single, ‘Dust on the Bottle.’ The tune was released as the third single from his ‘Out With a Bang’ album in 1995, which also spawned the hit singles ‘Party Crowd’ and ‘Just Once.’ David Lee’s ‘Out With a Bang’ album went on to become the best-selling album by a new male country act in 1995, and was later certified platinum.

In recent years, David Lee has been concentrating on his songwriting career. Hits by the singer-songwriter include Josh Thompson‘s latest single ‘Way out Here,’ Jason Aldean‘s multi-week No. 1 hit ‘Big Green Tractor‘ and Kenny Chesney‘s ‘Living in Fast Forward.’

We had just started recording my ‘Out With a Bang’ album. I had the idea for that song, but I hadn’t ever done anything with it. I just remember being at my house the second day [of recording]. We started recording on Monday, and Tuesday morning, I was drinking coffee at my kitchen table. I started playing the opening chords on my guitar for ‘Dust on the Bottle.’ It just came out of nowhere. The song just fell out in like 15 minutes.

I called Tony Brown, who was producing my record, and I told him, “Man, I just wrote this new song!” We had all the songs picked out already for the album. He told me to bring it in and play it for him that day. When he heard the song, he said, “Man, we’ve got to cut this.” So we cut it, and what’s on the record is the first take of the song. A lot of the vocals on it were the first time I sang it. It was really a special song, and it still is to this day.

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