Updated: Aug 13
Jered Ames is the definition of an American Country Artist. He grew up in the Midwest, working on a family farm during the summers, learning to play music from his grandma, and then forming a band in high school to play live shows. During college, he played everything from rock to country in the Chicago music scene, and he has spent recent years in Nashville playing more than 200 nights a year around the city. He’s also found time to write songs that other singers have recorded.
“Next to Tennessee” is Jered’s last single before his new full length album gets released in the Fall. Just like his other great songs, this one revisits the sound of 90’s country music.
It’s a lively song, perfect for a two-step. There’s a singable melody that sticks with you, layering steel guitar and fiddle around the vocals, and putting harmonies just where they should be.
He sings about reconnecting with an old love on the phone, and how they both are wishing they could be together in person.
Why can’t Texas be next to Tennessee
So that girl down there in Houston
is closer to me
Can we switch Louisiana,
Put Music City near the beach
Why can’t Texas be next to
Next to me in Tennessee
After the second chorus, there’s a brief musical interlude, and the fiddle takes a more prominent role when Jared sings the outro. The song stays fun and makes you pay attention since each section builds on the last.
His song is full of questions, but he says he knows what it would take to heal the heartbreak they each have. He announces that he knows where that girl should be – next to him in Tennessee. There’s no reason to repeat the questions in the chorus again. Let’s just rearrange the map so she can be "Next to Tennessee."
To Listen to "Next to Tennessee" click HERE
Written By: Jered Ames, Luke Betchner
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