It’s one thing to have a Beatles hit inspire a song. But a Beatles poster? It could happen.
This is a true story. Dallas Davidson recently told Radio.com that he got the idea for the first line of Blake Shelton’s hit song “Boys ’Round Here” when he saw a Beatles poster on the wall of his co-writer’s office.
Here’s how that massive hit of a man anthem came to life:
“I looked up at the wall and started thinking, ’Man, I like the Beatles. Who doesn’t like the Beatles?’ But honestly where I grew up, we didn’t ride around listening to the Beatles. We rode around listening to Hank Jr. and Lionel Richie but not the Beatles. That just didn’t fit in our lifestyle,” Davidson recalled.
Davidson wrote the song — which is now up for an ACM Award for vocal event of the year — with Craig Wiseman and Rhett Akins.
And they literally start out the song with the line, “The boys ’round here don’t listen to the Beatles, we run old Bocephus through a jukebox needle at the honky-tonk, where their boots stomp, all night.” (That actually comes after the opening “red red red red red red red red redneck.”)
Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert and her girl band Pistol Annies sing some guest vocals on the song, too. “Let’s ride,” “Down to the river side,” and, in a reference to the hip-hop dance, “You don’t do the dougie?”
If Davidson had actually listened to the Beatles when he was growing up, there’s no telling what kinds of songs that would’ve inspired. The fab four were pretty backwoods legit, in their own English way.