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Billy Currington Survives a Breakup on New Single “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”

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Billy Currington channels the universal feeling of heartbreak on his new single “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” which hits radio Feb. 8. Written by Billy, Cary Barlowe and Shy Carter, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Use To” tells the tale of a man moving on after a relationship’s end.

In a phone conversation with Nash Country Weekly from his home in Georgia, Billy admits the song itself was an accident. After recording a track at producer Dann Huff’s home in Nashville, Billy called his friend Shy who was in town from Los Angeles. It just so happened that Shy was at Billy’s former publishing company, Major Bob Music, writing with Cary in the same room Billy got his start in.

“I was first signed to a writing deal in Nashville with Major Bob,” Billy explains nostalgically. “Shy’s like, ‘I’m actually in the room you used to write in.’ And I was like, ‘Get out of here, Shy! I’ll stop by on my way home and say hello.’”

Billy reconnected with his two songwriter friends and realized he hadn’t written in that room in eight years. He picked up a guitar and began playing like he had many times before in that very same room where he got his start.

“Cary started playing the same thing and he came up with a really good riff. It’s what you hear at the start of the song. After he did that these words started falling out,” Billy recalls. “I started singing, ‘I had a couple beers with one of my friends.’ And they were like, ‘What did you say? Write that down!’”

Summer Forever — June. 2, 2015

The words continued to fall out and Billy, Cary and Shy wrote them down. As Billy recalled, the song sounded “too good to be true.” He adds that it was the first instance he had ever written a song in such a short span of time. Within an hour-and-a-half the song had been written and recorded.

The song itself paints the picture of a man getting over a relationship. In it, he’s meeting his friends for beers to tell them how the story comes to a close after she “drug my heart through the Alabama dirt.” Billy later sings, “Sometimes I find peace of mind in a bottle of wine / Sometimes I break down and cry.”

That line in particular, he remembers screaming as the words came out.

“I don’t even know what I was saying. They were like, ‘What were you saying, man?’ I don’t know. It must have been deep in there,” he admits. “We all go through it and we all heal from it and thank God I don’t feel it now. I got a good song out of it. We were just feeling the magic.”

While Billy says he didn’t draw from one particular relationship while writing the song and he wasn’t feeling any pain or any heartbreak at the time, he has gotten his heart “drug through the Alabama dirt,” as the song states.

“You know, all these things that were coming out of me had to have played some major role in my life back in the day or it wouldn’t have been inside of me,” he reasons. “All the words were a part of my life in some way. I don’t know where they came from but they were there.”

“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” is the follow-up single to 2015’s “Drinkin’ Town with a Football Problem” off of Billy’s 2015 release Summer Forever.

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