Wish I Knew You

Album: Men Against Mountains (2015)
Charted: 84

Songfacts®:

  • The Revivalists are an American rock band who formed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2007. The band consists of David Shaw (lead vocals), Zack Feinberg (guitar), Rob Ingraham (saxophone), George Gekas (bass guitar), Andrew Campanelli (drums, percussion), Ed Williams (pedal steel guitar) and Michael Girardot (keyboards, trumpet).
  • This jazzy horn-laced tune was written by Shaw on his front porch and released as a single in February 2016. The song climbed to #1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart, becoming the band's first track to reach the peak position. It also found success on a number of other rock radio formats, as well as adult contemporary stations and even saw a stint on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song set the record in May 2017 for the most plays ever recorded during a week's long period (3,488 across the panel) for any track on Alternative/Modern Rock radio since the inception of Mediabase tracking systems in 1988.
  • Asked by Billboard why he believes the song has proved so successful, Shaw replied:

    "I think it's a tune that's broad enough so that people can attribute their own meaning and I think that's what art is about. I know exactly what the inspiration was and I think that when you have an idea and a piece that that speaks in a broader sense and you can have all of these different avenues, I think that's when something really, really connects. We are all different people; we have come from all different walks of life and have different experiences. But, when you can hone in on this one thing that everyone can have a unique experience and connection to, that's where the fire is."
  • The song was featured in a 2017 commercial for Blue Moon Belgian White beer.
  • This featured in the Season 7 finale of Suits. The episode marked Meghan Markle's last appearance in the show, due to her impending marriage to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.

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