BMI songwriter and recording artist Chris Janson delivered a powerful performance at the Illinois Broadcasters Association Annual Silver Dome Awards Dinner, held recently (6/18) at the iHotel in Champaign. Janson, known for his Top 40 Country smash “Better I Don’t,” entertained radio and television executives from across the state with his unique showmanship and impressive harmonica playing. The Missouri native has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 40 times, has written hit songs for artists such as Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah”), and has shared the stage with the likes of Hank Williams, Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Road King - June 25,2014 - Chris Janson isn’t a trucker, but he definitely thinks like one. Proud, passionate and honest, when Janson talks about covering Waylon Jennings’ “I Ain’t Living Long Like This,” he can help but quote the most iconic trucking movie of all time – “Smokey & The Bandit.”
“The song actually feels very ‘East bound and down,’ to me,” Janson says. “It’s fast-rolling, hard driving bass and drum, and that’s the kind of energy that runs in my blood. The lyrics aren’t directly related to truckers, but the vibe just feels the same.”
That high-powered vibe is something Janson knows well. He co-wrote Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah,” a hard-hitting country tune that speaks to the straightforward – and very diverse – truckers who often make up his audience.
Rap or country, city, farm
It don’t matter who you are
Got a little fight, got a little love
Got a little redneck in your blood
Are you one of us?
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