Sometimes a singer catches lightning in a bottle.
That’s what happened with David Lee Murphy about 20 years ago.
David Lee released his first album in 1994. The first two singles did alright. The third, Party Crowd, was the one that broke David’s career when it reached the top ten in 1995.
But then things really went up a notch when Dust On The Bottle reached #1 and spent two weeks there in the fall of that year.
It’s pretty crazy to think it’s been 20 years since this song was at the top of the charts.
It could have been one of those songs that has a big impact when it’s released and then becomes something you hear once in a while and remember.
But this song has been one of those that has staying power. I don’t know what the formula is for getting a song with staying power, but for some reason there are a few songs that seem to have it and this is one of them.
It’s a combination of a quirky love story about a lovestruck guy going into some strange man’s cellar to get an old bottle of wine to take on a date to romance his girl.
It seems weird when you spell it out like that, but it works.
The groove on the song is killer. If you’re not stomping your boot while listening I don’t know if you have a pulse.
David cracked the top ten three more times as an artist, but his career really took off in the ’00s as a songwriter. He’s been on dozens of hits as a songwriter including some of Kenny Chesney’s biggest hits and you certainly know that Big Green Tractor helped to jump Jason Aldean into superstardom.
There was a rumor earlier this year that Kenny was collaborating with David Lee on a full album. It seemed at the time like it was pretty much a done deal, but it’s been quiet since then.
Hopefully it comes out, but until then we can still throw it back to the classics like this one.
#TBT: Dust On The Bottle – David Lee Murphy