We caught up with rising country singer-songwriter, Johnny Dailey to find out what he loves about his hometown.
Regional towns are in our blood here at CountryTown! From Kurri Kurri to Broome. We love the amazing country musicians our regional centres produce – but we mustn’t forget the quality artists who come from distant shores too!
Raised in Alabama, Johnny Dailey, discovered his love for country music as a kid riding around in his cousin’s truck listening to songs. When his dad gave him his first acoustic guitar at the age of 12, his destiny was all but set in stone. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina following high school, where he honed his performance chops playing original songs up and down the city’s infamous King Street.
His latest single, Beers In It, follows his 2022 EP Dillashaw. The song, which was produced by Daniel Ross and was co-written by Johnny, Randy Montana and Dave Turnbull, ushers listeners into the summer months with its light-hearted lyrics and Johnny’s signature coastal flair.
We caught up with rising country singer-songwriter, Johnny Dailey to find out what he loves about his hometown, Argo, Alabama.
The meet - up spot is the first Baptist church parking lot. When I was in high school it was the spot where all the kids would go park their vehicles or hang out on the weekend. Even now when I go back, I always see the cars and trucks gathered around on Fridays and Saturdays meeting up and hanging out.
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Highway 11 is the main road, and it gets you in and out of town. It’s the road I learned to drive on and the road that has the most memories from growing up attached to it. One of my favourite things to do is to take a Sunday cruise down Highway 11. It cuts through some beautiful farmland and feels just like home.
Everybody knows everybody. I feel like anytime I go into town I see somebody I grew up with and can call them by name. I really love that small town feel and the way that the community is so tight knit. When the majority of people have grown up together, there's something really special about the energy that creates.
There’s a railroad that runs through the town and it’s a classic small town attribute that really feels like home. I grew up getting woken up by that train whistle at 2 or 3am when it would pass through. Although that sounds like it would be a nuisance, hearing that train whistle now is so nostalgic and reminds me of my hometown and my childhood.
The high school football rivalry. If you want sports, go to the Hewitt vs. Clay high school football game! It’s the biggest rivalry in town between the two local high schools. In small towns, Friday night high school football is the event of the week and you can count on everyone to be there. When the entire town comes together for one event, the energy is amazing and the crowd is unmatched. Go Huskies!
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