“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” as

Reviver Records, Blue Chair Bay, BMI, ASCAP Fete the Pair

Tenn. — When CMT’s Katie Cook talked of friendship, dreams and hard
work, the entire third floor of ACME Feed & Seed burst into cheers.
As waiters passed trays of hot chicken’n’waffles and fried green
tomatoes, David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney
were being feted for the feel-good summer anthem “Everything’s Gonna Be
Alright,” written by Murphy, Chris Stevens and Jimmy Yeary.

“First, I wanna thank Chris and Jimmy. We knew the day we wrote it, this
was a hit even if nobody played it,” said Murphy, the man known for
“Party Crowd” and “Dust on the Bottle,” to several hundred in
attendance. He continued, singling out Reviver Records’ tenacity. “They
were tough as can be, and we had a long haul. They’ve worked really hard
on this record. We knew it was going to be a fight, but every regional
got in there and gave it their all. We said you can run, but you can’t
outrun us.”

Later Chesney beamed as he took the mic. “This all started three, four
years ago, because David Lee would send me all these songs–demos that
sounded like records–and he was singing so great. I remember thinking,
‘I’d love to hear that on the radio.’ It seemed to me that there were a
lotta people who aren’t being sung to, and David Lee could be one of
those people who could do that.”

Indeed, he could. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” has been a summer staple, as well as a fixture on Chesney’s 19 Trip Around the Sun Tour
stadium shows. The impact wasn’t lost on the 8-time Entertainer of the
Year, who said, “To stand up there in front of 50,000 people every
Saturday night, and see a song truly move people, to really
feel it is something. This song made me believe in that all over again,
because to experience that is really, really beautiful.”

Whether it was BMI’s Leslie Roberts telling the assembled crowd how the
lyric and the melody “and the sound of David Lee and Kenny singing, they
take you back to high school, listening to two of your best friends
sing and you don’t have a care in the world,” to Sony/ATV’s Troy
Tomlinson confessing he asked Kenny what he was thinking when he called
to say he was considering making what became No Zip Codes, and being told, “because it’s the right f’ing thing to do,” the mood was joyous and light.

With backdrop-sized pictures of Chesney and Murphy throughout ACME, the
vibe was long on friendship and the connection that tethers songwriters
and artists to songs. Blue Chair Bay Rum even created a cocktail just
for the event – an Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Mojito—containing high
proof white rum, mint, lime and a bit of sugar.

As co-writer Yeary said, “I love being a songwriter. I love to feel, so
you can feel it…. If you feel, we connect. If we connect, we form a
bond. If we form a bond, you’ll listen to me. And that gives us the
opportunity to say things like ‘everything’s gonna be alright.’”

For an indie label, a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter who’s written seminal
hits for Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square, Jake Owen and
Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” is just the beginning. They’ve
got No Zip Code, a brand-new single in “I Won’t Be Sorry” and a whole lot more great music to go.

 Photo Credit: Allister Ann

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