Luke Bryan released his next #1 smash single, “Kick the Dust Up,” last week and we at Country California were very curious about the story behind this complex and original work of art. Luckily, we were able to speak with all three writers of the song as they took a break from a grueling half-hour writing session this morning.
“It’s a funny story,” starts Chris DeStefano. “Dallas showed up three hours late with a bottle of Southern Comfort Caramel in one hand and his iPad in the other and said ‘Let’s write, bitches!'”
Ashley Gorley apparently had a vague idea for the song going in. “Once we got Dallas seated and focused on hydrating himself a little, I told the guys what I had in mind,” explains Gorley. “I said ‘You know how everybody hates this bro country stuff, whatever that is? Well, how subversive and against the grain would it be to go the full bro?'”
“I like money,” Davidson reportedly replied, mopping spilled Dasani off the neck of his guitar.
“Yeah man, let’s just stick it in their faces,” laughed DeStefano.
Things went fairly smoothly as the trio settled on a theme (partying outside a small town) and started an outline of the song, but some tension arose as they pondered a direction for the second verse. “I know, I know… you know how city boys suck at being manly and partying and shit?” slurred Davidson.
“No, tell us, hillbilly,” shot back DeStefano.
“I mean, no offense or nothing, but city boys… y’all ain’t shit,” said Davidson. “So let’s just make the second verse about that.”
A brief skirmish highlighted by an armbar submission placed on Davidson by DeStefano was swiftly broken up by Gorley and the session was back on track.
Over the next nine minutes, the masters of their craft laid out chord progressions, nailed a chorus, determined how the requisite hip-hop beat would fit, and fleshed out a more subtle version of Davidson’s idea for the second verse.
“I think we’re done,” said a jubilant and creatively fulfilled Gorley.
“Hole on hole on,” yelled Davidson. “It needs some lil something to make it different cause I’mma be honest with y’all, I can’t tell this song from that one we wrote before lunch.”
“A bass drop?” offered DeStefano.
“Should we get ‘Yeti Cooler’ in there somehow?” asked Gorley.
“Nah nah… less pud in a lil squiggly sounding guitar thing after the chorus,” said Davidson.
Gorley came up with an interesting riff that seemed to fit Davidson’s description, but things got sideways again when DeStefano said he liked the Middle Eastern flair. “You mean like ISIS?” Davidson screamed, punching Gorley awkwardly in the ear. “Merica, bitches.”
When the dust finally settled, Gorley and DeStefano left the riff as it was but described it to Dallas as “Israeli-sounding” and everything was cool.
“So that’s it, just another day at the office,” smiles DeStefano. “We’re pretty proud of it.”
At press time, despite a bit more critical backlash than usual, “Kick the Dust Up” had debuted in the top 20 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.