Bobby Cool

Song Premiere: Bobby Cool “American Dream”

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Americana Highways is hosting this premiere of Bobby Cool’s song “American Dream” from his forthcoming album Family Time. The album was produced by Adam Haynes; engineered by Justin
Recorded at Groove Kitchen Studio (in Murfreesboro, TN); and at Eagles Nest Studio (in Portland, TN). It was mixed and mastered by Mike Proctor; with photographs by Mike Stahl and album design by Mike Moore.

“American Dream” is Luke DeJaynes on drums, Cody Martin on bass, Dustin Benson on acoustic guitar, Josh Matheny on dobro, Adam Haynes on fiddle and mandolin, Jaelee Roberts on background vocals, and Bobby Cool on vocals.

If you allow Bobby Cool to entertain you, you’ll find deep country with strong Southern rural roots in every note.  Find nostalgia and hope and a story of family we can all relate to.   

Most of the time when I sit down to write, I’ll bring a handful of ideas, usually song titles or maybe a hook, that sort of guides me in the writing process and helps me land on something finite. But then there are times when I’ll sit down and just have this feeling or emotion that feels like it needs to come out and I’ll follow that to see where it goes. “American Dream” was that way. The song started with the melody and for some reason, to me, it felt like it wanted to be something patriotic. But I had nothing. No characters, no story, no title. Then the line, “it was me and my brother, sister, and mother down in a valley and out in the cold” just kind of came out of nowhere and set the scene for the rest of the song. One of the things I enjoyed most about writing this song was being able to flesh out who these characters were and how they related to one another. And the line…“Now here I am, a guitar and a band, I ain’t up in the big time but love singing to you, and me, sis, and brother, remember our mother, and live out her dreamin’ in all that we do”…for me, really speaks to the heart of the song. All three kids had the freedom to do what they wanted to do and all three of them were ultimately living out their mother’s dream of raising a family. At its core, I think that’s the American Dream. It can get overplayed with this idea of being famous or rich or something like that. But to me, the real gold in the “American Dream” is having the freedom to set our own course and live it out. We’re not necessarily guaranteed to get where we want to go but just being able to go on the journey is having the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. — Bobby Cool

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