Waylon Jennings Once Asked Alan Jackson: “What The Hell Is A Chattahoochee?”

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Ol’ Waylon…

You can always count on Waylon Jennings to tell is like it is, so when “Chattahoochee” hit country radio, he couldn’t help but ask Alan Jackson… what the hell is a “Chattahoochee?”

“I think Waylon said one time, Waylon Jennings, ‘what the hell is a Chattahoochee?'”

To be fair, unless you grew up near the Alabama/Georgia line, you’d probably have no idea as well. For those of you that don’t know, it’s actually a river that runs across northern Georgia, along the Georgia/Alabama border, and down into Florida.

And as it turns out, Alan was hesitant to release it as a single for the same reason.

“That’s why it was surprising to me when they decided to put ‘Chattahoochee’ out, I was reluctant because I said, ‘nobody is gonna know what that is.”

But according to Alan Jackson, Chattahoochee isn’t just a river, it’s a state of mind.

“The regular working people, the professional people, just trying to do the same things… make a living, raise a family, enjoy life… I learned that there’s a Chattahoochee everywhere.”

AKA, Chattahoochee isn’t just a river or a song… it’s a lifestyle.


And while we’re on the topic, check out this incredibly weird, downright hilarious “Chattahoochee + Perfect” mashup music video that we made because we’re absolute psychos.


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