Story Behind the Song: Randy Houser, ‘A Man Like Me’
Randy Houser co-wrote "A Man Like Me" with Jameson Clark and Danny Green and included the song on his 2010 They Call Me Cadillac album, which earned a Top 10 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart and a Top 50 spot on the all-genre Billboard 100. When he released the song as a single in 2010, it peaked just outside the top 50 on the U.S. Country chart (No. 53). Below, Houser tells The Boot about writing the tune.
I started playing the beginning part of this song and humming it. It reminded me of a Conway Twitty song. That kind of Conway vibe or Don Williams vibe. At the time, we were being surrounded by really contemporary country music ... At that time, it was all Rascal Flatts and artists like that, which is great, but I was really begging to hear some country music. We started writing it. The chorus kind of takes off into a Dixieland vibe.
The thing is, the lyric is just about whatever [a] man feels -- just being thankful for having a woman who loves you because we don't understand half of the time why they stay with us, but they do sometimes. We know how lucky we are. Especially me as a musician, I find it hard to talk and say things, but I can always sing about them. It's a way of saying, "I appreciate you."
This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.
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