Chris Janson Talks Writing “Outlaw Side Of Me”
Chris Janson is one of the most creative, lively, and overall talented country stars on the scene right now. He continues to give us an inside look at the creative process behind writing some of his biggest his to date.
While everyone has their style of writing, instruments they play, and perhaps even a location they prefer, it’s what comes out of it that is so very special. Janson, who in recent months delivered a 13-track collection titled The Outlaw Side Of Me, is opening up on the title track.
“I love ‘Outlaw Side of Me.’ I’ll tell you, I wrote that in my ‘man room’ at the house and, surrounded by deer heads and all kinds of things and taxidermy and guns,” Janson said.
He continued, “Chris DeStefano and Lee Miller were over at the house, my co-writers on it. And Chris kind of had that melody. I picked up that guitar part on an out-of-tune gut string guitar that I paid 25 bucks for. I wrote ‘Buy Me A Boat’ on that, ‘Fix A Drink,’ ‘Good Vibes,’ and ‘I Love This Life.’ I mean, I wrote a lot of songs on that guitar. It paid off big time.”
With numerous No. 1 hits now under his belt, we most certainly agree that the guitar “paid off big time” for Janson as he also co-wrote Tim McGraw’s 2012 hit, “Truck Yeah,” on that very guitar.
The day he wrote the title track to his new album, “Outlaw Side Of Me,” using the $25 pawn shop guitar, Janson had the recorder pushed on and he ended up wrapping the whole song [done in one take].
Janson also revealed that new music is on its way and that it will be “knocking on the door” and will be “coming real quick.” We can’t wait to hear what’s next from the country singer.