Caylee Hammack is bringing out the big guns on the new version of her song “Small Town Hypocrite”.
And by big guns, I mean Chris Stapleton.
I already liked the song before, but throw a little Chris on the background vocals, and I’m kind of obsessed with it at the moment.
Everything he touches seemingly turns to gold, so it makes sense she would want to feature him on this track. I’ll be honest, I was a little bit surprised to see the two of them team up, but I think it turned out perfectly as their voices sound so good together.
I mean, I can’t think of a voice who wouldn’t sound good with his, but you get the point. Apparently, she had been dreaming of getting him featured on this track for a while:
“My one whim for this song was to hear Chris Stapleton accompany me on it. Two years after I spoke this wish out loud in the studio, Chris agreed to sing the part I had written in hopes of hearing his voice on it.
Life is a beautiful full circle sometimes. I am so grateful to Chris for singing on this song.”
Caylee wrote the song after a break-up that catapulted her to Nashville, and it takes a sort of scathing view on small town life and how people get stuck in the little towns where they’re from. As a lot of us know all too well, when you’re younger, you think you’ll run it one day or end up finding love and success there.
A lot of the time, it doesn’t work out quite as romantically as you imaged it would, and you can end up lamenting and hating the way your life turned out because you chose to stay for whatever reason.
The end of the song sums it up beautifully:
“Swore we’d be running, running, running this town
But you’re still running, running, running around
And I’m staring at a picket fence
Wondering where the hell time went
I should’ve been running, running, running by now
But I just hang around
Now I bitch about how things turned and how they should’ve been
The bridges that I burned and the trains I didn’t catch
Like a small-town hypocrite
Just a small-town hypocrite.”
Check it out:
Caylee was also part of the group of ladies who joined Miranda Lambert on her knockout cover “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” a couple years ago: