Clay Barker Shows His Softer Side in Latest Single
Brad Curry Raised Rowdy Contributor
If you’ve ever been to a Clay Barker show, you’d know that there’s a lot of hard-hitting songs that keep the crowd juiced up. Songs like “Hold My Beer” and “One of Them” are two of Barker’s upbeat songs that has gained him lots of traction over the past year. These songs bring the energetic atmosphere that will always be a staple in Barker’s live shows, but his new single “She’s the One” will add a little more romance to the set list.
Barker, like many of the other rising stars in this new wave of country music, hails from Alabama. Here, he’s cut his teeth in venues like Birmingham’s Zydeco, Bourbon Street Bar in Auburn, and Gallettes Bar in Tuscaloosa, opening for some of our favorites including Mitchell Tenpenny, The Steel Woods, and Jobe Fortner.
The track itself came out May 1st and features unique lyrics that came about in a very unconventional way. Barker went to his Instagram to tell the story behind the song. “The real story behind this song is that I date Ella Langley, which many of y’all may already know. She and I got into an argument like most couples do, so instead of going into separate rooms and calling friends to talk about it or just cooling down, we both decided to go in separate rooms and write songs about how we felt.”
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If you’ve ever listened to my music or been out to one of my live shows you’d know I’ve never been one for slower tunes and typically not one to sing many love songs. It really wasn’t until I started to understand what love truly meant and what love looked like that I decided to dive into writing a love song. About a year and a half ago I met a girl that started to show me what love meant, how it felt, how it looked. The real story behind this song is that I date @ellalangleymusic, which many of y’all may already know. She and I got into an argument like most couples do, and instead of going into separate rooms and calling friends to talk about it or just cooling down we both decided to go in separate rooms and write songs about how we felt. I could tell by listening through the wall that she wasn’t very happy by the lyrics she was singing and I wanted to go in there and apologize. Instead, I grabbed a guitar and decided to write down a list of things that made me fall madly in love with this girl and started to piece together line by line a song that would show her what she meant to me. I recognized about half way through writing the first verse that I hadn’t necessarily told her these things that I loved about her in person before, but knew she still understood how much I did love her. Sometimes fellas have a tough time explaining how they feel through using words and I’ve definitely been guilty of that. I used this song and these lyrics as a way of saying all the things I should’ve already been telling her when she would ask the million dollar question: “What is it that you love about me?” This song was an answer to that question. It took about 30 minutes to write and luckily she forgave me once I played it for her haha. This song isn’t one I sat down to write just to write a song, it’s a song I wrote because I had something to say and it sure does mean a hell of a lot to me. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do and I greatly apologize for making you read this much if you ended up making it this far. Be sure to let me know what you think about “She’s the One” in the comments! P.S. HUGE s/o to @nolanneal for crushing the production on this song!
Barker could instantly tell that the lyrics he was writing were a lot different from those that she was writing. “I could tell by listening through the wall that she wasn’t very happy by the lyrics she was singing and I wanted to go in there and apologize. Instead, I grabbed a guitar and decided to write down a list of things that made me fall madly in love with this girl.”
This single is the first release in 2020 and it comes after two previous singles that were released in 2019.
Before COVID-19 took over, Barker was playing shows all over the Southeast, making stops in Atlanta, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, among others.
His latest single “She’s the One” is available on streaming platforms everywhere today!