Country Song

Album: Can't Let You Go (2017)


  • The natural assumption is that this song is the "country song" of the title, but alas the full story is trickier than that. The song referenced in the title is actually a song that Ashley Riley was listening to while she was feeling bummed out and brokenhearted.

    So what is the country song in "Country Song"? In a Songfacts interview, Riley said it was "Die Fun" from Kacey Musgraves' Pageant Material album. So, "Country Song" is about Riley listening to "Die Fun" while nursing some emotional wounds.

    "Her songwriting is very clever," Riley says.
  • This song appears on Can't Let You Go, the second EP Riley released (the first was Through the Thin). It was the last of her recordings with the backing band she'd started with, most of whom moved away from the region after they released Can't Let You Go. As such, this song and the EP to which it belongs mark an end to one chapter of Riley's music career and the beginning of another.

    She debuted that next chapter successfully with her 2020 single "Close To Me," which won the Midwest Music Expo listener's panel and which has a more mainstream-country sound than most of her previous work. Riley made her music career in and around her hometown of Decatur, Illinois, which is country music territory.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

dUg Pinnick of King's X

dUg Pinnick of King's XSongwriter Interviews

dUg dIgs into his King's X metal classics and his many side projects, including the one with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining Victims

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining VictimsSong Writing

Just like Darrin was replaced on Bewitched, groups have swapped out original members, hoping we wouldn't notice.

Benny Mardones

Benny MardonesSongwriter Interviews

His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.

Art Alexakis of Everclear

Art Alexakis of EverclearSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer of Everclear, Art is also their primary songwriter.

Jonathan Cain of Journey

Jonathan Cain of JourneySongwriter Interviews

Cain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."

90s Metal

90s MetalFact or Fiction

Test your metal - Priest, Maiden, and Beavis and Butt-head show up in this one.