I will never be mad at Riley Green doing an acoustic cover of anything.
Today, he’s stripping back the country classic, “Where Corn Don’t Grow,”, tipping his cap to the great Travis Tritt.
And it’s very fitting, because Riley’s hosting a spring break bash this weekendat The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Alabama, along with a couple of country music legends including Travis and John Michael Montgomery, as well artists Frank Foster and Colt Ford.
Riley actually recorded his own cover of the song as a one-off single last year, and I have to say, it’s become a favorite of mine from his catalog, too. It was originally written by Roger Murrah and Mark Alan Springer, but released by the great Waylon Jennings on his 1990 album, The Eagle.
Travis included a cover of it as the second single from his 1996 The Restless Kind record, and it became a hit, cracking the top 10 on the country charts the following year in 1997.
Riley says it’s one of his all-time favorite country songs, and I have to agree with him, because I love all three versions and the whole message in lyrics about remembering where you came from and being proud of that place:
“In honor of playing at the The Wharf Amphitheatre in Orange Beach, Alabama with the legendary Travis Tritt … here is one of my favorite country songs ever.”
Y’all already know what I’m gonna say… we need an acoustic studio version of this now, too:
Of course, it’s impossible to ever beat the original by my favorite guy Waylon, and there’s a reason Travis’ version became a hit, but I love hearing Riley’s take with the fresh production… especially knowing that he respects the classics and truly loves them as much as we all do: