STORY BEHIND THE SONG "BROKENHEARTSVILLE"
Written by Blake Mevis, Donny Kees, Clint Daniels and Randy Boudreaux. Performed by Joe Nichols.
"It seems like the good songs always come out quickly," pronounces songwriter/producer Blake Mevis. "And the not-so-good ones are like pulling teeth."
Thankfully, Blake and his "Brokenheartsville" co-writers -- Randy Boudreaux, Donny Kees and Clint Daniels -- didn't have to yank or drill to extract a No. 1 hit. In fact, the "procedure" was relatively painless.
"I remember we were in Donny's office, and Clint started with a little melody," says Blake. "The line about the devil drives a Coupe de Ville -- which probably came from me because I used to own one -- was tossed around and that got the ball rolling. We basically finished it in about an hour's time."
Donny continues the thought. "I'd had the title, 'Brokenheartsville,' for quite a while, but never could find a place to use it," he says. "Then, we all got this idea of a breakup song that says, 'It's over, it's OK, and I'm just gonna get on with life.' And that title was perfect for that."
While the title is certainly unique and memorable, one line in particular -- they can kiss my glass -- struck the most responsive chord with fans.
"We can all thank Randy for that one," laughs Donny. "That's the line people remember, because everybody has felt like that."
Blake chimes in, "There comes a time after a breakup when people are thinking, 'You can all just kiss my ... glass!' Actually, that other word that rhymes with glass. But we were trying to be nice," he adds with a laugh, "so we didn't use it."
The tune fared just fine without the a-word -- as did the writers. For Clint, who is releasing his album Somebody True this summer, "Brokenheartsville" marked his first chart-topper. "We're all friends," he says, "and that makes it a special joy for me."
This was Blake's third -- but his first since 1983, when Charley Pride took his "Night Games" to No. 1. "I had been devoting more time to producing than writing," says Blake, who has worked with such stars as Keith Whitley and George Strait. "But I started writing again with some encouragement from Donny and Randy, and I'm glad I did!"
And with a beaming smile, Blake sums up the song's success. "Somebody once told me that there's only one thing people want to hear about in a song -- and that's themselves. And I think people heard themselves in this song."