So on Wednesdays I like to go back and look at album cuts that never really made it as singles in the world of country music. Artists work so hard to put together their full albums, but even in a perfect world only 3-5 are released as singles. That’s often half or maybe even a quarter of the songs on the record.
For some reason this song I remembered popped in my head and I thought it was an album cut, but I did some digging and it actually was a single back in 2008 for Josh Gracin.
The song is Telluride. And it’s really classic Josh Gracin. He’s puts himself fully into the emotion in the song, which I’ve always taken as two people kind of falling in love in a city that’s not really their own. Maybe they’re visiting with friends or family, but they meet and have this amazing time together.
Turns out the song peaked at #34 on the charts around 2008-2009 for Josh. It’s off his second record. Listening to the song it’s hard to believe it wasn’t a bigger hit, but that’s right around the time when things at Josh’s label were going a little sideways or whatever.
But it’s a song worth looking back at and I guess it can fall into the category of album cut too because Tim McGraw recorded a version for his Set This Circus Down record back in 2001.
Great song. Maybe someone will record it again and it will become a hit. I think it’s a deserving song.
Telluride – Josh Gracin (and Tim McGraw)