Before its official release, Riley Green’s “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” made its rounds touching the hearts of country music fans. Within days of the penned ballad making its debut on YouTube, it miraculously collected a mere 1.8 million views. It has been a staple in Green’s intimate sets over the last few months, leaving the Jacksonville, Alabama native exposing his sensitive side each and every time he’s nurturing his guitar.
This emotive, personal ballad pays homage to both of the Green’s late grandfathers, Buford and Lyndon who passed in 2010 and 2018, but also runs deeper than missing the presence of a loved one. Green sings: “I wish even cars had truck beds / And every road was named Copperhead / I wish cookers never ran out of cold Bud Light / I wish high school home teams never lost / And backroad drinking kids never got caught / I wish the price of gas was low and cotton was high// I wish honky tonks never had no closing time / And I wish Grandpa’s never died.”
The “There Was This Girl” singer often mentions the impact his grandfathers had on him. Without those relationships, Green may not be at this point in his career. His grandpa Buford ran Golden State Music Hall in Jacksonville, AL and allowed his grandson to step on stage and play some songs. Grandpa Buford acquainted Green to the likes of Merle Haggard and Hank Williams and instilled those traditional roots in his him when he was a child. Conceivably the inspiration behind his line: “I wish country music still got played on country radio”
Regardless of your background or your taste in music, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” hits close to home and pays homage to the purpose of the country genre.
“I Wish Grandpas Never Died” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here 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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