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For Murphy, "Everything's...Alright"

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – What started with David Lee Murphy and friend Kenny Chesney going into the studio to cut songs ended up two years later with Murphy recording a whole album.

Murphy is out with the song "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," produced by Buddy Cannon and Chesney.

"You watch the news, and look around... it's a tough world," said Murphy, best known for "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd." "You know, you can lean into all of that, or you can step back and trust life. When you do that, it makes it easier to take a deep breath and roll with everything that's going on around you."

"I knew when I heard the song how good it was," Chesney said. "And I knew David Lee had to cut it. I'm just lucky he let me sing on it."

"David Lee is the original hillbilly rock star," Chesney said. "He can dig in, drill down and turn a song inside out. Back when he was solely an artist, he understood what a guy like me was thinking, feeling and getting into... Now you put him on a mic, and he sings even better than he did back then. And the songs, like that wine ole Creole Williams makes in 'Dust on the Bottle,' have just gotten better and better. So genuine, so real, he's just awesome."

Murphy has written number ones for Chesney, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean. "Living in Fast Forward," "The Only Way I Know," "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," "The More I Drink," "Big Green Tractor," "Anywhere With You," "A Feelin' Like That" and "Pirate Flag" are among the songs he penned.

"When I was growing up in my early '20s, I was listening to Waylon, Willie, Haggard and Jones," Murphy said. "I was out on a back road, drinking beer, hearing those songs, knowing those guys lived that stuff. That's kinda the way it is with this record: these songs aren't about me, they are me."

"With 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright,' it's like 'Hold on. Everything's gonna be okay.' Kenny is an artist and producer who gives off that same kind of energy in his music. The fact that he came in and sang on this song really makes it something special to me."

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