Writers of Jason Aldean Hit Honored by BMI, ASCAP

Wendell Mobley, Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher Celebrate No. 1 Single

“This is one of the greatest titles I’ve heard in a long time,” declared BMI’s Clay Bradley as he called the party to order to celebrate the three writers of Jason Aldean’s latest hit, “Tattoos on This Town.”

Co-sponsored by the BMI and ASCAP performance rights organizations, the party for songwriters Wendell Mobley, Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher was held Tuesday (Feb. 7) at Nashville’s Bound’ry restaurant. Mobley and Dulaney are BMI members. Thrasher is affiliated with ASCAP.

Aldean, his band members and producer Michael Knox were also in attendance.

Bradley noted that Mobley, an accomplished singer as well as songwriter, can be heard these days on a NAPA Auto Parts commercial, which he also wrote.

In addition, Bradley continued, Mobley and Thrasher are co-writers of Rascal Flatts’ current single, “Banjo,” while Dulaney and Thrasher have the writing credits on Aldean’s latest single, “Fly Over States.”

In the mid-1990s, Thrasher was half of the short-lived country recording duo Thrasher Shiver. Bradley recalled that Dulaney and Thrasher co-wrote (with Thrasher) the duo’s first charted single, “Goin’, Goin’, Gone.”

After calling the writers and Aldean to the stage, Bradley pointed out that “Tattoos” is Aldean’s fourth No. 1 single from his 2-million-selling album, My Kinda Party.

Observing that Aldean has played to more than a million fans on his current tour, Bradley reminded the celebrants the singer will headline a concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 24. (The concert features Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina as openers.)

ASCAP’s Mark Driskill then took the stage to spotlight some of Thrasher’s achievements, including having once won ASCAP’s songwriter of the year award.

“Tattoos” is Thrasher’s fifth No. 1 single as a songwriter, Driskill revealed, and his first for Aldean.

“This is an incredible writing team we’ve got right here,” Driskill concluded.

As the party progressed, more and more people involved in the success of “Tattoos” — label execs, band members, publishers, promoters, the producer, booker, manager and video director — were called to the stage until there were nearly 20 people standing shoulder to shoulder with plaques and certificates.

Several speakers stressed the pivotal role of Aldean’s band, which plays on his records as well as backing him on stage.

Keith Kaufman, representing Country Radio Broadcasters, presented trophies to the songwriters and told them their song so far has been played more than 93,000 times on radio.

He quoted a Martina McBride tweet that said, “I must be hormonal. Just heard ’Tattoos on This Town.’ Great song. It made me cry.”

View photos from the No. 1 party.
Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.