That Bottle Ain't Your Friend

Album: A Country Soul (2017)
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Songfacts®:

  • Shane Richie married Coleen Nolan of the Irish family girl group The Nolans in 1990 and together they had two sons, Shane Roche Jr and Jake Roche (frontman of the boyband band Rixton). They divorced in 1999 as a result of Richie's alcoholism. This song is about the heavy drinking which caused the breakup of his nine-year marriage. Richie told The Sun in a 2017 interview:

    "It's been fairly well documented, my past, my divorce 20 years ago, was my fault, through my boozing ways. When we were writing that song, I thought, 'This is almost like an ode to myself'. It was very close to home."
  • The song is a track from Shane Richie's A Country Soul album. He recalled to HMV.com:

    "I wanted to call it 22 Gardens. The label wanted to call it Country Roads, but then you go straight to John Denver, I'm not interested in that. It came from my producer, we were chatting and I said how much soul there was in this album, and he said 'Country Soul. There it is.'"

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