Country star releases first single from BMLG deal
Chris Janson serves as country music’s pulse point. Whether it’s the set-me-free feel good of “Buy Me A Boat,” a 2016 ACM Single of the Year nominee, or the cautioning sister’s-keeper ballad “Drunk Girl,” a 2018 CMA Song of the Year nominee, few artists tap into the tides that pull everyday people like the Missouri-born, hell-raising performer with a heart of gold and collaborative touch that’s co-written and played on songs for Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Cody Johnson, and Hank Williams Jr., to name a few.
Beyond the certified Gold and multi-Platinum No. 1’ss, Janson is a big believer in mixing things up — and pushing to new vistas. With “All I Need Is You,” the rambling single that embraces all things good ole boy but acknowledges it’s nothing compared to the woman he loves, Janson drops his Big Machine debut, out now via BMLG Records in partnership with his own Harpeth 60 Records.
Working with Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Cheap Trick, Insane Clown Posse), Janson’s easy baritone sweeps through 30A, a blue clear lake, a new truck, a winning lottery ticket, his kid’s ball team, and the Gulf of Mexico as he unravels what really matters in the breezy song co-written with Ashley Gorley, Brad Clawson, and Mitch Oglesby.
“There are so many things we all want,” says the harmonica-playing virtuoso. “We’ve all gotten caught up in the biggest buck of the season, the newest Chevrolet, or whatever’s caught our eye— and that’s half the fun of living. But when you strip it back, when you look at what really matters, it comes down to that one ride-or-die person who believes in you and your dream, no matter what happens. I’m blessed because my person is my wife, my manager, and my best friend.”
Executive produced by Janson and Scott Borchetta, “All I Need Is You” employs the best of Nashville’s musical community. Award-winning electric guitarist Tom Bukovac and the legendary Paul Franklin on steel populate a band that also includes Sam Hunter (electric guitar), George Doering (acoustic guitar), Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass), Tim Lauer (keyboards), Victor Indrizzo (drums), and Blake Bollinger (vocals). Kristen Wilkinson was the string contractor with Lauer orchestrating the string parts. Noted rock engineer Chris Lord-Alge also mixed the track.
“Fun songs feel good, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t great musicianship underneath,” says the Bass Pro Shop brand ambassador. “Working with Scott and Julian, they understand how seriously I take the music and the writing, and they believe in bringing the best of the best into the studio. Recording this was a blast— and there’s so much more music coming this year!”
Beyond joining the team at the Big Machine Label Group, Janson has taken his maximum good-time live talents to United Talent Agency. Beyond his focus on conservation efforts and outdoor life, Janson will be expanding his reach as both a concert draw and an advocate for protecting the natural world for hunters, anglers, and future generations.
“I’ve been able to achieve things I never would’ve imagined,” the proud member of the Grand Ole Opry says. “To have my signature black hat raise nearly a million dollars at Bass Pro Shops and be able give those proceeds to the Harpeth Conservancy, Hunters for the Hungry, and Tennessee Riverkeeper, and tour with my heroes? It’s why I keep reaching— and why when I sing ‘All I Need Is You,’ you know I mean it!”