Parker McCollum Saddles Up “Like A Cowboy” On New Song
Parker McCollum’s brand-new song, “Like A Cowboy” is a lyrical masterpiece that would fit right into a classic western film. The tune is an aching, quality country song for many reasons. Firstly, it’s written by Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson, and they have spun stellar country songs over the years.
“When I first heard ‘Like A Cowboy’ I probably listened to it 15 times in a row,” shares Parker in a press release. “It made me think of my Grandpa who would have loved this song. He was one of my best friends and he believed in me so much that I know he’d be happy to see everything that’s happened in my career.”
Chris Stapleton is, well, Chris Stapleton. He’s a superstar artist and songwriter, having penned innumerable songs for Nashville’s biggest acts over the years before finally stepping in the spotlight as an artist himself. Al Anderson, for the younger or newer country fans, is also a hit songwriter and longtime staple in the country music songwriter’s scene. His songs have been cut by Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Alabama, Diamond Rio, LeAnn Rimes, and the late Joe Diffie, just to name a few. So, the result of coupling a song written by the talented writers with a great country singer? A GREAT song.
Secondly, a good song sometimes has the ability to paint beautiful imagery of its story, and “Like A Cowboy” does just that. The mid-tempo ballad tells the story of a guy struggling with the constant tension of how his girlfriend and others perceive him, and who he really is. “I’m not a bad guy but I’m not a good guy at heart,” McCollum sings in honest sincerity, pleading for someone to understand him.
The song ultimately ends with a resolution in the bridge: tough as the conflict is, the cowboy has to be true to himself and embrace his core identity.
“Wish I could tell you that I’ll always stay / But I can’t help it, God made me this way / And I know that there’ll come a day / I’ll ride like a thief on the run / Say goodbye to the things that I’ve done / And I’ll fly like the wind to the sunset / Just like a cowboy should do,” the Texas native sings, as he readies to saddle up and leave.
McCollum, while an established Texas country music superstar, is just starting to cut his teeth in the commercial country music scene. He signed his first record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville’s MCA Records in June last year, and then launched his major label debut song “Pretty Heart” in September. In just a few weeks, on April 27, “Pretty Heart” will go for adds on country radio as the singer’s first introduction to mainstream country.
This is only the beginning of a lasting career in country music for Parker McCollum, one of our 2020 Artists to Watch and we’re excited to watch him establish his roots as a mainstream country superstar soon!
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“Like A Cowboy” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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