“American Kids” is Grammy Nominated for Best Country Song

posted December 9th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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by Josh

Grammy nominations were announced recently, and the Kenny Chesney recorded tune “American Kids” is up for Best Country Song. The award is given to the songwriters. In the case of “American Kids,” that’s Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally.

“I knew the second I heard it that I was going to cut ‘American Kids,’” Chesney says. “With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard, this song’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It feels good. It says something about the heart and the passion people in small towns have — and it makes you smile every time you hear it.

“The fact that the Grammy voters heard it, too, that they recognized how truly special and innovative this song is, makes me so proud for Shane, Luke and Rodney,” he continues. “This really is a song that breaks a lot of rules, does things you don’t expect and offers a picture of how it is that isn’t cliche or expected. What a cool thing to have happen to some very talented guys! I’m just glad I got to be the one who cut it.”

“I came to town as a songwriter and got to write with some of the very best, people like Whitey Shaffer and Dean Dillon,” he notes. “So I understand how hard it is to write a great song, let alone something as fresh and original as ‘American Kids.’ Coloring outside the lines, though, is where the magic happens.”

“When you can find songs that say something, then songs that make people smile when they’re thinking about it?” Chesney muses. “That’s what this is all about. I can’t wait to get out there and play ‘American Kids’ for the fans.”

Read more at The Boot.

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