Chris Young is sharing details about his new duet with Kane Brown. The song “Famous Friends” is especially meaningful because of how real it is.
“I was like, ‘Dude, you know what would be really cool, would be if I do Rutherford County, which is where I grew up, and you put the name of your county in [the chorus that follows your verse], and then we put Davidson at the end, because that’s Nashville, and that’s where we are now,” Young says.
The song is personal to Young. He even mentions Rutherford County that blankets where he grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Since the lyrics talk about his hometown, he wanted Brown to have the same relationship to the song.
Therefore in the second chorus, the two country music artists swapped out Rutherford County for Hamilton County. It’s the region of Georgia where Brown comes from.
“It ended up being a really cool thing because now it changes throughout the song,” Young admits. Young’s longstanding friendship with Brown adds another layer to the song, and that makes it extra special. The Tennessean and Georgian have toured together before Brown was catapulted to stardom. He was even a big fan of Young’s, and the “Losing Sleep” star was Brown’s first-ever concert.
“That still is such a cool thing to me,” remarks Young. “… It’s wild for me to think about. And it’s also really awesome. It’s so cool to see the success he’s having, and now we get to have a song where we get to have all of that together, at the same time.”
Chris Young Relates to Song in More Ways Than One
Not only does the country artist shoutout his hometown, but Young shares that every single person mentioned in the song is a real person he knows.
“My buddy Jason, he’s the sheriff / He’ll flash his lights and let me go / My boy Randy, he’s a preacher / My girl Megan, she’s been Teacher of the Year, I swear / For five years in a row…” the second chorus of the song explains. These people all really exist in Young’s hometown.
“Famous Friends” is set to be included on Young’s next full-length project, reportedly titled Raised on Country. Details have yet to be announced.