OFFSTAGE: “Truck Yeah” Writers in Awe of Tim McGraw

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Getting Tim McGraw to cut a song you wrote is nice work if you can get it. It’s such a long shot, in fact, that songwriters Preston Brust and Chris Lucas of the LoCash Cowboys even joked about it. “Chris Janson, one of the guys we wrote it with, said we should make ‘Truck Yeah’ the next LoCash single,” Brust told me. “And we go, ‘Well, if Tim McGraw doesn’t call tomorrow and say he wants to cut it, then maybe we will.’ We were totally joking. But I’ll be a son of a gun if McGraw’s people didn’t call us the next day. Can you believe it? The next day! It’s Tim. The icon. The greatest of all time.”

Once they got that huge news, Brust told me they prayed. “Nothing’s ever for sure in this town. So we said, ‘Let’s pray he loves it after he cuts it. Then let’s pray that his team loves it. Then let’s pray it’s a single. We prayed all along the way,” he said. “Then we heard he was rehearsing it for the live show. We couldn’t believe it. It’s been such an honor, and such an amazing ride.”

Prayers aside, I asked Brust if he had celebrated all the good news yet.

“I don’t know if I’ve stopped celebrating,” he laughed. But when “Truck Yeah” debuted at No. 22 on the charts, making it McGraw’s highest solo chart debut of his career, the party really started. “I got a text from (co-writer) Danny Myrick the day we found that out, saying, ‘Corner Pub. 5:00. Celebration shots. Truck yeah.’ And we’re all gonna keep celebrating.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.