Story Behind the Song: Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, ‘Start a Band’
Kelley Lovelace, Ashley Gorley and Dallas Davidson wrote "Start a Band," which Brad Paisley and Keith Urban recorded as a duet in 2008, quickly. As Lovelace tells The Boot below, the song came quickly and easily -- and earned them a big hit.
The tune was released in September of 2008 as the only single from Paisley's instrumental Play album (it's one of four non-instrumental tracks on the project). In January of 2009, it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart; it also peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, and earned the two country stars a Grammy nomination, for Best Country Collaboration with vocals.
I wrote it with Ashley Gorley and Dallas Davidson. It was a one-day-er -- lots of fun and good chemistry. The whole point of the song -- when you're "living in a world you don't understand, find a few good buddies and start a band," especially now, when America is in a funk -- that was the mindset behind it.
When Brad came around to his instrumental record, he called me and said, "Hey, I'm thinking about recording that "Start a Band" song."
"On your instrumental?" I asked.
He said yes. I asked if he was taking the words off, and he said, "No, I'm going to use a few songs that have words."
A week or so later, he called and said, "Man, you're gonna flip when you realize what I'm gonna do with this thing," but he wouldn't tell me. Next time he called, he said he was gonna try and get Keith Urban on it. I asked if he was kidding!
Keith loved the idea, and they went through everything they had to go through with the label, and they ended up opening the CMA show with it [in 2008].
This story was revised by Angela Stefano.
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