Rising country star Jerrod Niemann —whose hits include "Lover, Lover," "What Do You Want" and "One More Drinkin' Song" — just released his new song, "Shinin' on Me."
He wrote the lead single from his upcoming second album with buddies Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller. The four musicians were in Austin at Lake Travis playing AquaPalooza with Brad Paisley in 2010.
"It was just one of those magical moments," Niemann said when he called today while en route to a concert in Knoxville, Tenn. "We were back in the bus and there was this wonderful Texas breeze.
"It was such a great day and we were like, 'Why can’t everyday be like this when life sucks?'
"And we just started jamming and the song wrote itself, which doesn't happen very often. Those guys are all friends of mine and it's such a joy to write tunes with people you enjoy."
Niemann, on tour with Miranda Lambert, has been performing "Shinin' On Me" on acoustic guitar in concert.
"I always look at the philosophy of, 'If you can write it on guitar you should be able to perform it that way,'" he said. "It's fun to add stuff to it but at the end of day you have to be able to play it on your own."
I interviewed Niemann for an upcoming story to advance his March 9 show with Brice and Tyler Farr at Joyland in Bradenton.
—Jerrod Niemann publicity photo from www.jerrodniemannofficial.com