“That’s My Kind of Night” Songwriter Says Zac Brown’s Comments Were “Not Cool”
Dallas Davidson: “A comment like that will hurt your feelings.”
Many voices have been weighing in on the whole “That’s My Kind of Night” discussion that erupted when Zac Brown, during a radio interview, called Luke Bryan’s new single the “worst song” he’s ever heard.
Justin Moore and Jason Aldean have both made their thoughts known, but so far there has been no official response from Luke on the matter. Now, Luke’s close friend Dallas Davidson, one of the three songwriters behind “That’s My Kind of Night,” has added his opinion to the fray.
Dallas, who penned “That’s My Kind of Night” with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, is the writer behind Blake Shelton’s “Boys ’Round Here,” Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and Lady Antebellum’s “Just a Kiss,” among many others.
Turns out, Luke actually called Dallas to inform him of Zac’s comments. “The first thing I did was sit there and soak it in,” said Dallas in an interview with Roughstock. “A comment like that will hurt your feelings because when you write a song, it’s kind of like one of your babies. To hear a successful artist say it was the worst song he’s heard and it makes him want to throw up, that’s just not cool.”
To Dallas, songs like “That’s My Kind of Night” are just a reflection of his life and the lives of many country fans. “We write about what we know about,” he explained. “What I know about is sitting on a tailgate drinking a beer. Hell, I live on the river. When Luke called me to tell me about what happened, I was literally smoking Boston butts on my homemade cooker at my 800 square foot river house with about four of my buddies with their trucks backed up, sitting on a tailgate.”
While Dallas acknowledged that he was glad country music was big enough for both Luke and Zac to make their respective styles, he felt negative comments should be kept off the record. “My mom always told me if you don’t have nothing nice to say, then don’t say it at all,” he said. “That’s true. I think social media–Facebook and Twitter and Instragram–has really changed this whole generation where it’s okay to be mean, and it’s okay to talk bad about people. When I grew up, you didn’t do that.”
At any rate, it’s not likely to change his approach going forward. “If that song makes him want to throw up, I hope I write one today that gives him the flu because that means I’m doing my job right,” he concluded. “I’m going to write another one just like it because those sure are the fun ones to write and the fun ones to hear your best friends play onstage and watch the crowd get on their feet and dance to."