OFFSTAGE: Chris Young Messes With Fans at Shows

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re trying to sing along to a newish song at a concert — one you don’t quite know all the words to — and you get caught? By the artist? It’s humiliating, but Chris Young loves to kind of bust people doing that.

His latest single “Aw Naw” is very catchy, but not everyone knows it by heart yet. “People don’t really know the words, but my favorite thing is when I look down, and I see somebody singin’, and you make eye contact with ’em, and it’s like it messes up their entire world,” Young said in a recent radio interview. “And they just start mouthing gibberish. They were singing the lyrics to the song like five seconds before that, and now you’re lookin’ at ’em, and they’re like ’yellow cats and purple bunnies.'”

Wait. So those aren’t the words to “Aw Naw”? I’d better go listen a few more times before I see Young in concert again.

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