If you’ve been buying albums the last few years there is a song that has been reappearing on more than just a couple.
The song is Grandaddy’s Gun. The first time I heard this song was when Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins were kicking it around on a few of their performances. I think they had an album out in collaboration with The Bone Collector hunting series on TV.
The song fits in perfectly with that show. It’s obviously about a gun that gets handed down over and over through generations from a grandfather to a song and grandson.
The song has obviously had an impact with artists because it’s been covered a few times in concert and on record. The biggest one of those recordings is probably the Aaron Lewis version, which became a single just a couple years ago. The song didn’t reach the upper parts of the charts, but it did well for an independent, former rocker artist and the video has been popular.
Then this last year the song got a bigger boost when one of the biggest stars in the country world – Blake Shelton – released his version on the Based On A True Story record.
Blake’s version probably won’t be released as a single since we’re coming up on the end of the singles run on that album, but you never know. And I think this song will continue to get a life with other artists.
The other songwriter, along with Akins and Davidson, is Bobby Pinson. He’s had a couple hits on his own and he’s also written hit records for other artists and probably most notably for Toby Keith.
Here is the Rhett Akins version of a great song. It’s one I can relate to myself and that’s why it’s cool for me to hear and probably the reason so many artists and fans out there love it. My grandpa gave me my first gun when I turned 12 years old. It’s a 1950s Remington 30.06 pump action. I’ve shot multiple deer with it and plan to for many years.
Grandaddy’s Gun – Rhett Akins