I am confessing I do not watch American Idol but follow the news on country artists who appear and make their mark. Billy Jams Records artist, Alex Miller is a Kentucky-born singer/songwriter, who appeared on Season 19, and is a bonafide torch-carrying champion of traditional Country music. He’s been performing professionally since the age of seven – and his arresting voice and traditional approach to song brought him noteworthy success as an independent artist. After looking further I was glad I did.
Did not take long for Alex to step up and get the recognition he has worked for. “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya,” is a fast-paced Western Swing tune that tastemaker Duncan Warwick of Country Music People calls “a guaranteed good time.” The track is spinning on over 650 jukeboxes at popular restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse as Alex is chosen as the brand’s October Artist of the Month.
Ringing steel guitar kicks off what Alex calls a “hoppin’ little number that gets up and goes,” and a slap bass sets the pace for Nashville’s A-Team players to meet the challenge. The lyrics are as sassy as you’d presume and leave little to the imagination. The song, penned by hitmakers Bill Whyte, Paul Bogart and Dan Wilson, is a tale of country vs city and a love it or leave it mentality.
The track was produced by noted Nashville songwriter and respected industry veteran Jerry Salley and engineered by Chris Latham. Recorded at The Gorilla’s Nest (Ashland City, TN), featured players include Mike Johnson on steel, Jason Roller on acoustic guitar and fiddle, Kevin Grantt on bass, Robb Tripp on drums, Dirk Johnson on keys and Brent Mason on electric guitar.
“It’s just a great showcase song for Alex,” observes Salley. “It gives him a chance to shine at what he does best – traditional Country – and it is a real reflection of the true artistry this young, refreshing talent brings to the table. We are thrilled to have Alex at Billy Jam.”