Red Guitar

Album: Kris Allen (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • Allen has a solo writing credit for this sweetly sentimental song, which he penned for his wife, Katy, long before he appeared on American idol. He's the second "Idol" winner to have a sole writing credit on a track from his debut post-"Idol" album following in David Cook's footsteps.
  • The song was inspired by, and written on, a cheap beginner's guitar Kris bought for Katy, which she never learnt to play. However, Allen told Entertainment Weekly shortly after laying down the track, that it's open to interpretation. "I know what it means to me," he said, "but it might mean something else to you. [Mike Flynn] and I were working on the track last night. It was fun to be in the studio and working with a producer who sees your vision for a song you wrote."
  • Unsurprisingly, Katy has said this autobiographical ditty is one of her favorite tracks on the album.
  • Allen told Billboard magazine the story of the song: "I bought a red guitar for my wife for her birthday and she never played it [laughs], so we ended up sticking it on the wall in our house - it was a horrible guitar, just like a $50 guitar - but it was a good house decoration. And one day I picked it up and tuned it and started playing it, and this song just became kind of a metaphor for how I feel about my wife. It was nice to get that one on the album because it was something from before the Idol stuff and I feel like it's an amazing song. It shows who I am as a songwriter and as a musician."

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