Fans of 90’s country music will remember David Lee Murphy from hits like “Party Crowd” and “Dust on The Bottle.” What some may not know, is that Murphy is a successful songwriter who has written hits for some of country’s top stars, including Jason Aldean (“Big Green Tractor), Jake Owen (“Anywhere With You”), Blake Shelton (“The More I Drink”) and many, many more.
The 58-year-old hit maker has returned to the studio for a new album, No Zip Code. This time with his pal, Kenny Chesney behind the boards. The new album is being co- produced by both Chesney, who sings on the title track, and Buddy Cannon (Alison Krauss, George Jones) for Reviver Records.
This isn’t the first time the two friends have worked together. Murphy is a writer on a handful of songs for Kenny Chesney, including “Living In Fast Forward,” “Live a Little,” “Til it’s Gone” and “Bar at the End of the World.”
“I didn’t think I’d ever get out here and do this again,” Murphy says. “You focus on writing, and that’s its own kind of great. But Kenny and I got to talking, and it seemed like something worth doing. Then when we got in the studio, it felt so good, every day was more exciting than the one before.”
“David Lee is the original – and the last of – the hillbilly rock stars,” Chesney said. “His groove, the way he lays into a melody is so smooth, yet he uses the words for shaping the rhythm. He knows the life, and he bottles it up in song. Making this record showed us what country music can be in the 21st century.”
David Ross (Founder/President/CEO, Reviver Records) and Gator Michaels (Executive VP, Reviver Records) Bottom L to R: David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chseney