It All Started With a Beer

Album: El Rio (2015)
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Songfacts®:

  • The first single from Frankie Ballard's El Rio album, this was written by Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Jeremy Stover. It was released to country radio on November 16, 2015.
  • Ballard and his band left Nashville to set up shop in a studio farther south for ten straight days to work on his third album. "We're going to go in with nothing, and we're going to come out with an album," he explained to Rolling Stone Country. "And that's the way all my favorite albums were made. You slept at the studio - we're going to do that. If we feel like putting down some guitars at two in the morning, we will."
  • Despite its mention of an alcoholic beverage in the title, this isn't really a party tune. "It's a song about a relationship and how these two folks are looking back on years of trials and triumphs, and they're amazed at how simply it started," Ballard explained to Billboard magazine. "That really stuck with me. It's amazing how the biggest things in our lives - when we're around the fireplace and talking about them when we're older - the things that matter the most to us start off amazingly small and in a humble way. There's no more humble way to start something than with a beer."

    "It's also cool for somebody who's not in a relationship to understand that tonight might be the night that something big starts in my life," he continued. "It can happen when you least expect it. I love that feeling and that message."
  • The music clip shows the recording process of the song.

    "I really enjoyed expressing myself visually with this new video," Ballard said. "I called up some buddies, had a few beers and shot some cool studio moments. I wanted people to see us playing the song. This new album is all about the music, so I thought, let's show that!"
  • The lyrics have a hidden message, which is what drew Ballard to the song. "On the surface, it's a love story about two folks meeting in a bar and having a beer. From there, the relationship blossomed into something long-lasting, and now they're looking back, going, 'Man, look at this great relationship we got, and it started so simply, with just a beer,'" Ballard noted. "So many people can relate to the idea. But also, one of the deeper meanings of that song is, sometimes the biggest s--t that happens to you in life doesn't start in a big way. That makes me hopeful for the future."

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